The On-Campus Certificate in Museum Studies is an 18-credit program designed for U.S. students who already hold at least a master’s degree in a related area or for foreign museum professionals who wish to study one or more aspects of museum work in the United States. The program usually takes one year to complete and coursework includes:
- Collections Management
- Audiences & Interpretation
- Museum Management
Full-time students complete the program in one calendar year.
CERTIFICATE VS MASTER OF ARTS
The On-Campus Certificate Program is a graduate level certificate and is comprised of 18 credits. As a certificate student, you will take 12 credits of Museum Studies courses and 3–6 credits of internships, but unlike Master’s students, you won’t take classes in a content area. However, as an on-campus certificate student, you will be in courses with master’s students.
WHAT YOU’LL STUDY
- 18 total credit hours of coursework
12 credit hours of Museum Studies courses
- 3–6 credit hours of internships
- Fulfillment of the graduate writing requirement
All Certificate students in the Museum Studies program are required to complete at least one internship. You may elect to take all or part of your internship experience in local museums or cultural organizations or elsewhere in the US or abroad. Internships must meet university requirements and are subjected to approval and oversight by the internship coordinator.
Students typically intern within their area of concentration (Museum Management, Collections Management, or Audiences & Interpretation). Students should read the Internship Information Packet for all internship requirements and procedures.
If you have any questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Jacqueline Emerick.
ADMISSIONS & FUNDING
You can apply to this program if:
- You are a U.S. resident who already holds a Master’s degree in a related subject area or
- You are a foreign student who has at least a Bachelor’s degree and is intending to return to your country of origin to work in a museum.
All applicants to the On-Campus Certificate program must apply online and submit required materials. The GRE is not required to apply to this program. Application deadlines are February 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission.
What is the cost of Tuition?
The Student Accounts Office provides up to date cost information on our program.
Samson Hall, 2036 H Street, NW
Enter through Corcoran Hall, 725 21st St, NW. Take elevator or stairs to the second floor and enter Samson Hall through the door to your right.
Program Head, Associate Professor for Museum Studies,
Director of Graduate Studies
GW is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. View the Museum Studies On-Campus Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure.