Museology Master of Arts Program

We are now accepting applications for fall 2019. All materials must be received online or postmarked by January 15, 2019 by 5 pm Pacific Time. We encourage all applicants to prepare and submit your applications well before the deadline.

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The Program receives about 100 – 150 applications per academic year. We typically invite around 30-35 to join the Program. All those admitted commence study in the Autumn Quarter, without exception.

Before beginning your online application, we recommend gathering the following items and saving them as separate electronic documents if necessary. You can start an application and return to work on it as much as you want before you are ready to submit.

Museology does not require you to submit GRE scores to apply.

Statement of Purpose

The Museology Graduate Program desires individuals who have a unique passion and vision for their future in the museum field, and may benefit from our particular set of values and expertise. In your statement of purpose, please discuss how you hope the Program will help you to fulfill your aspirations in the museum field.

In your purpose statement, please tell us:

  • why you want a graduate degree in museum studies;
  • why you want a degree from our program specifically; and
  • what difference you hope to make in the museum field.

Your Statement of Purpose should be no longer than 500 words or two pages. The Statement of Purpose should be double-spaced, and each page should be numbered and clearly identified with your full name.


TrendsWatch is an annual forecasting report published by the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM), a division of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The report summarizes five key trends in society that have strong implications for museums, as identified through CFM’s research.  Review the TrendsWatch 2017 report and choose a trend that interests you. Write a critical response to one of these five trends. Summarize the trend itself, and then analyze its significance and implications for your future as a museum professional.

You can find the Trendswatch 2017 report at

Your response should be no longer than 500 words or two pages. Essays should be double-spaced, and each page should be numbered and clearly identified with your full name.

Inclusion Statement

The Museology Graduate Program seeks to foster an inclusive and diverse* community of scholars and emerging museum professionals. Please share how would you contribute to creating and sustaining an inclusive community within the Program.

Your response should be no longer than 250 words or one page. Inclusion Statements should be double-spaced, and each page should be numbered and clearly identified with your full name.

*The University of Washington describes diversity as: “groups or individuals with differences culture or background, including, but not limited to, race, sex, gender identity, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, religion, and military status. The term diversity is fluid in that the status and representation of groups shifts over time.” – UW Diversity Council, Diversity at UW: A Blueprint for the Future 2010–2014.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Museology requires three letters of recommendation from both academic and professional sources. We require at least one academic letter of recommendation from faculty members from your previous undergraduate or graduate degrees, and recommend two such letters. Professional letters of recommendation should be from a supervisor, manager, or mentor from your previous professional experience relevant to your interests in the museum field (for more tips, see our application tips page).

On the Online Graduate School Application you will be asked to provide names and contact information for three persons from whom you have requested recommendations. Your recommenders will be sent an e-mail prompt with instructions for submitting their letter of recommendation online. You should contact these people beforehand and let them know to watch for the e-mail. You will be able to see when the letters have been submitted online.

We prefer that recommendations be submitted online. However, letters may be sent via regular mail. If one of your recommenders would like to submit a paper document, it should be written on letterhead and sent to the following address:

UW Museology Graduate Program
Admissions Committee
Box 359485
Seattle, WA 98195-9485

You are advised to request recommendations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure your application packet is complete when submitted. For more tips on designating recommendations, see our Application Tips page.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Upload an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae or résumé, in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF format. PDF format is preferred. Your curriculum vitae or résumé should include the following information:

  • Work experience related to the museum field (include employer, position title, and dates of employment)
  • Other types of employment experience (include employer, position title, and dates of employment)
  • Involvement with volunteer, community, and/or diversity-related activities (include organization, position title, and dates of service)
  • Relevant honors, awards, publications, and presentations

Unofficial Transcripts

Please create a PDF of your transcript for upload to the Online Graduate School Application. You can accomplish this by scanning your original transcript or by printing an unofficial electronic transcript to PDF.  See application checklist for transcript instructions.

Please note

  • UW and Museology staff cannot see applications until they are officially submitted.
  • Please ensure that the e-mail address you provide in your application will be valid for several months. We will use it to communicate with you throughout the admission process.
  • The online application fee must be submitted directly to the Graduate School, not to the Museology Graduate Program. Please view the Graduate School Application for Admission page for current fee information.