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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. 



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  • 18 total credit hours of coursework
  • 12 credit hours of Museum Studies courses

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


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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. 

Utilizing the connections of our faculty and the proximity of our campus, our students have found opportunities at many acclaimed cultural institutions. While we recommend that most students take two 3-credit internships, we recognize that this will not be appropriate for everyone. 

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.



2142 G Street, NW
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Program Administrator
Roxann Edwards
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Program Head, Associate Professor for Museum Studies,
Director of Graduate Studies

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