Museology Master of Arts Program

Integrating rigor, research and passion

A muse is someone or something that inspires. The ending, -ology, means to study. So museology is the study of inspiration. That’s what we do. That’s what our students do. They study inspiration. They study how it fuels innovation, nurtures community, and propels positive change.

This is a two-year, full-time, on-site program. Doing the program together with a group of peers creates a community while you’re in the program that, over time, becomes the basis for a dynamic alumni network.

At the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, we believe in the power of integration. We integrate research and practice. Museum professionals need both hands-on experience, as well as strong skills in analytics and writing.

We integrate disciplines. Museum studies is fundamentally an interdisciplinary field, and we’ve built and continue to maintain a program that purposefully sits at the intersection of various disciplines on campus. Students integrate Museology courses with coursework in anthropology, zoology, art history, education, and engineering.

We integrate evaluation and research. Faculty infuse research throughout the learning experience. Students are trained to evaluate and test. To pinpoint what works and what doesn’t. Students who become smitten with evaluation can pursue the country’s only specialization in museum evaluation to fine-tune their expertise.

Blending disciplines with rigor and research gives our graduate students a solid grounding in all areas of professional museum practice, while also allowing them to develop deep expertise in the their area of interest, e.g. education, exhibits, evaluation, collections, and administration.

Two years. 60 credits. How will you make this experience uniquely your own?