Academic Catalog

Museum Practice (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice is broadly designed to provide participants with critical knowledge and essential skills relating to different facets of museum operations. The certificate program unites history, theory, and practical learning in a curriculum that lays the groundwork for professional careers in museums and other cultural and heritage institutions. The program is available to students interested in complementing their discipline-based work in master’s or doctoral programs across the University, as well as emerging museum professionals and others who wish to pursue it as a free-standing credential.

Admission to this program is contingent on admission to the Graduate School. Applicants are required to submit a resumé and a personal statement. To be considered for regular admission, applicants holding either a bachelor’s or a graduate degree must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate or graduate program; if currently enrolled in a graduate program, applicant must similarly have at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice requires a minimum of 12 credits. Students must complete two required courses, ANT 5600 Museum Studies and ANT 7422 Museum Practicum, and two electives from a list of options in both Anthropology and allied fields, one of which must be at the 7000-level. The electives are grouped by five different areas of museum practice: Object Research and Curation, Collections Management, Exhibit Design, Museum Development, and Museum Education. 

 All course work must be completed within three years and in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. No transfer credit will accepted for the graduate certificate program.

Core
Museum Studies
Museum Practicum
Electives
Object Research and Curation
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
Material Culture and the Social Meaning of Things
Collections Management
Introduction to Records and Information Management
Archival Administration
Introduction to Archival and Library Conservation
Cultural Heritage Institutions: Management and Leadership
Exhibit Design
Design Thinking and Knowledge
Message Design for Learning
Rhetoric of Visual Culture
Introduction to Scene Painting
Entertainment Design - Scenery I
Entertainment Design - Lighting I
Museum Grant-writing/Development
Marketing, Development, and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Foundations of Nonprofit Management
Cultural Heritage Institutions: Management and Leadership
Museum Education
Topics in Racial Justice in Education
Equity and Inclusion in Diverse Urban Education Settings
Design Thinking and Knowledge
Message Design for Learning
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