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Museum Studies

Established in 1976, George Washington University’s Museum Studies Program ranks among the top museum training programs in the United States and it is the largest museum training program today. The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum and a strong internship program. More than 800 program alumni now work in museums, historic sites and houses, federal agencies and related non-profits throughout the world.

Program faculty is composed of practicing museum professionals from different backgrounds with years of knowledge and experience in all aspects of museum operations.

The Museum Studies Program offers a friendly environment where students are supported, encouraged, and given individualized attention as they prepare for a rewarding museum career.

Learn More at an Information Session

Join Laura Schiavo, Program Head and Assistant Professor for Museum Studies, on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:30 - 7:30pm for an online information session and Q&A about our Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Learn how our Museum Studies program combines traditional academic training with museum practices and practical museum experience in order to prepare students for successful museum careers. To register, visit our event page.  

MA in Museum Studies

photo of flagg building atriumMaster the skills to curate & design exhibitions, and to learn collections management & museum administration.

Museum Studies at GW combines traditional academic training with the practical experience necessary to begin or advance a successful museum career. Students receive advanced study and practical working experience through internship affiliations with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution. The MA program offers concentrated coursework in Collections Management, Exhibitions and Visitor Engagement, and Museum Management.

For more information, please go to the Museum Studies Program website.

Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

close up of paintingDeepen your knowledge of museums with hands-on experience paired with classroom instruction.

The on-campus Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is an 18-credit program designed for students who already hold at least a master’s degree in a related area. Areas of concentration include: Collections Management, Exhibitions and Visitor Engagement, and Museum Management.

Students seeking more information on should visit the Museum Studies Program website.


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Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care

Advance your education and your career on your own schedule

Museum professionals who desire a refresher course for their skills or want to supplement their existing education can take part in the Museum Collections Management and Care Distance Education Graduate Certificate Program. The 12-credit certificate program does not require onsite attendance and is designed to be completed over the course of four semesters. Students in the program work at a variety of museums in locations around the country.

For more information, please go to the Museum Studies Program website.