Museum Studies On-Campus Certificate

The on-campus Certificate in Museum Studies is an 18-credit program (12 credits of coursework combined with 6 credits of internships) 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. Full-time students complete the program in one calendar year. 




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 6 credits of internships. 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

  • 6 credit hours of internships
  • Fulfillment of the graduate writing requirement

Course Listings (PDF)



Two internships are required for the Certificate to allow students to explore their career interests in professional museum environments. Internships may be completed at museums in DC or other locations, at museum associations (such as the American Alliance of Museums or Virginia Association of Museums), or with businesses that include museums among their primary clients (such as exhibition design firms). Internships must meet the requirements for internships in the Museum Studies program and be approved by the student's advisor in advance. 

Students should read the Internship Information Packet (PDF) for all internship requirements and procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Museum Program at [email protected].


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.





GW is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. View the Museum Studies On-Campus Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure.



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