Program Overview

Enhance your understanding of museum work without earning a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies 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.

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Program Highlights

  • Our on-demand online certificate program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Requirements

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the skills and expertise needed to:

  • Collections Management Specialization: Document collections and practice preventative conservation with a focus on creative problem solving and real-world issues
  • Education and Interpretation Specialization: Develop educational programs and exhibitions, and utilize current research and innovative methods to provide engaging learning experiences for visitors of all ages

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

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