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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.

The program's reputation for excellence is based on its exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum and a strong internship program. Coming from many different backgrounds, its unique faculty is composed of practicing museum professionals with many 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.


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MA in Museum Studies

Master the skills to curate and design collections and exhibitions

Museum Studies at GW combines traditional academic training with the practical experience necessary to begin a successful museum career. The program ranks among the top museum training programs in the United States. 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 Community Engagement, and Museum Management & Leadership. Students may also choose to focus their academic core in American Studies, Anthropology, History, or an interdisciplinary combination.

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


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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

Deepen your knowledge with hands-on experience

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 Community Engagement, Museum Management and Leadership. Students often elect to take all or part of their internship experience in local museums or cultural organizations.

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.