Museology Master of Arts Program

Making the world a better place starts here

We believe that you will become storytellers, dialogue facilitators, community liaisons, designers, evaluators, researchers, project managers, and more. You will make the world a better place through your work in museums. 

Admissions rubric

Our admissions committee reviews each application through the rubric below to find students who are inspired by the idea of using museums to create stronger communities. If that’s you, we are excited to review your application.

  • Contribution to the Program: We want to see an academic focus that is well aligned with the Program’s areas of expertise. That means having a clear understanding of our Program and why it’s a good fit for the applicant. How will the applicant’s interests and expertise make a significant contribution to the overall cohort? We are looking for a diversity of academic backgrounds, which might include the hard sciences, social sciences, humanities or research, education, and design.
  • Academic Potential: This means having an exceptional academic track record; showing evidence of analytical thinking, quality writing, and passion for a relevant aspect of the museum field; and strong academic references.
  • Professional Experience: We look for relevant experience related to the applicant’s stated area of interest, along with exceptional professional recommendation letters.

In addition to our Program criteria above, you must meet the following University of Washington minimum requirements:*

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 or B grade-point-average in the most recent two years of study.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements. More information is available on the University of Washington’s Graduate School website.
    • The Museology Graduate Program no longer accepts IELTS scores for English language proficiency. To petition to have your IELTS scores accepted as your Official English Language Test Score, contact

*Please note that Museology does not accept applications for Visiting Scholar or Graduate Non-Matriculated enrollment.