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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

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The Certificate in Museum Studies is a year-long program designed for individuals who want to enhance their understanding of museum work but do not need a master’s degree. It is open to students who have a Bachelor of Arts and substantial experience as a museum employee or volunteer. Applicants without substantial museum experience may be admitted to the program but will be required to complete an additional internship. The 30-unit certificate is offered with a specialization in either collections management or education and interpretation.

  • Collections Management Specialization
    For future professional registrars and collections managers who are responsible for a museum's objects. Students engage in in-depth study and get hands-on experience in documenting collections and practicing preventative conservation with a focus on creative problem-solving and real world issues.
  • Education and Interpretation Specialization
    For those who wish to work with diverse audiences, and develop educational programs and exhibitions. Students pursue coursework in program development and learning theory, with an eye on using current research and innovative methods to provide engaging learning experiences for visitors of all ages.

Certificate students are required to take the first-year core courses applicable to the specialization and complete an internship in a museum.

All students must demonstrate writing competency and, if determined by the program, may be required to take additional courses in writing beyond the units required for the certificate.

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Requirements

All museum studies students are required to complete one or more museum internship(s) in the area of specialization. Internships allow students to assume professional responsibilities and gain an understanding of a museum’s operations and relationship to the museum field under the guidance of professionals.

Core Curriculum
MUS 5003 - Issues in Museums I: History and Theory (4.5 units)
MUS 5004 - Issues in Museums II: Finance and Administration (4.5 units)
MUS 5321 - Museums and Communities (4.5 units)
MUS 5975[1] - Internship (4.5 units)
MUS 5976 - The Lab (3 units)

Select one of the following specializations (9 units)

Collections Management
— select both courses
MUS 5501 - Collections Management I: Foundation (4.5 units)
MUS 5502 - Collections Management II: Preventive Conservation (4.5 units)

Education and Interpretation
— select both courses
MUS 5610 - The Visitor Experience: Learning Theories and Understanding Audiences (4.5 units)
MUS 5612 - The Visitor Experience: Interpretative Methods and Applications (4.5 units)

[1] All museum studies students are required to complete one or more museum internship(s) in the area of specialization.  Internships allow students to assume professional responsibilities and gain an understanding of a museum's operations and relationship to the museum field under the guidance of professionals.  Students in the program have interned in local, national and international museums and museum-related institutions.