Museology Master of Arts Program

Writing. Research. Theory. Practice.

This is an interdisciplinary program. Anthropology, sociology, law. Evaluation, advocacy, grant writing. We come at the field of museum studies from all different angles, so that students have the foundational knowledge to excel regardless of their area of expertise, while also having the opportunity to pursue their passion and become subject matter experts.

This is also a hands-on program. Many of our courses are project-based. Students might develop an exhibit or write a grant proposal, while analyzing principles and theory associated with the practices as they’re doing it. Students often work with museum professionals who generously share their experiences, expertise, and skills. This insight proves invaluable as our students explore career options and opportunities.

Course Listing

All graduate students complete at least 60 credit hours of coursework in their two years of study, including our core required credits and a range of electives:

Museology core – required

  • MUSEUM 500 Introduction to Museology (4 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 570 Thesis Design (4 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 599 Careers and Social Capital (4 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 601 Internship (6 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 700 Master’s Thesis or MUS 710 Master’s Project (10 cr.)

Specialization in Museum Evaluation courses

  • MUSEUM 574 Introduction to Museum Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 575 Evaluation Project I (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 576 Evaluation Project II (9 cr.)

Other Museology electives

  • MUSEUM 520 Learning in Museums (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 524 Exhibit Design (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 525 Exhibit Development (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 540 Preservation and Management of Collections (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 541 Collections Management Lab (Archaeology, History, or Special Collections) (2 cr. each)
  • MUSEUM 542 Preservation of Collections II (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 560 Museum Administration and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 562 Legal Issues in Museums (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 563 Who Owns Humanity (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 565 Museums and Technology (1 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 566 Grant Writing for Museums (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 583 Directed Fieldwork in Exhibit Installation (2 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 583 Directed Fieldwork: Emerging Curator Initiative ( 1 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 583 Directed Fieldwork in Facilitation (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 588 Financial Literacy in Museums (1 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 588 Board Literacy in Museums (1 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 588 Museums and the Movement for Racial Justice (2 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 588 Community Engagement (3 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 588 Making Meaning: New Models of Museum Interpretation (2 cr.)
  • MUSEUM 594 Public Programs (3 cr.)

UW Electives

Students must take at least 2 classes outside of the Museology program. You can see examples of some non-Museology classes our have taken here.