Museum Studies (Certificate)


Museum Studies, Cert

On Campus 18 cr

Marries theory and practical learning to prepare participants for careers in administration, collections and specialty disciplines within museums, parks, and other public education venues.


The Museum Studies certificate program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers, and those who currently work in museums. Courses teach new skills, provide critical background and context in ethical areas, and address current trends in the field.

Required Courses
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ANTH 818 Ethnology and Museums 3
ANTH 886 Digital Heritage Tools 3
ANTH 887A-E Analysis of Archaeological Materials 3
ANTH 895 Internship in Anthropology 3
ANTH 898 Exhibits: Design Development & Assessment 3
ANTH 835 Heritage Management Archaeology 3

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Career Pathways

  • Museum Curators
  • Exhibition Planners or Designers
  • Museum Technicians
  • Educators
  • Registrars
  • Collections Managers
  • Board Members

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above

Admission Deadlines

Rolling; applications are reviewed throughout the year with the prospect of admission in the following term.



Campus Address

816 Oldfather

Graduate Chair

Heather Richards-Rissetto

Certificate Advisor

Heather Richards-Rissetto

Support Staff

Kat Krutak-Bickert

Tuition & Fees
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