Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies addresses the demand for professionally trained museum personnel and provides UO graduate students with an invaluable credential for the job market. It is a master's-level, multidisciplinary course of study sponsored by the Departments of the History of Art and Architecture, Arts and Administration, Architecture, Anthropology and campus museum professionals.

If you are officially enrolled in a UO graduate program, you may apply to pursue the certificate. Students in sponsoring departments, having been prescreened by sponsoring units, may directly enroll in the certificate program upon submission of the materials listed in the application section below.

Prospective students from sponsoring units should consult with the certificate director:

Associate Professor
History of Art and Architecture

Curriculum and Advising

The certificate program requires 28 credits, including a 200-hour (6 credit) internship.

Students from sponsoring units will ask their home department advisors to advise them in the pursuit of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate. Students from other departments will be advised by the Director of Museum Studies.

Required Courses (17 or 18 credits)

Museum Theory (4 credits) or Cultural Museum (3 credits)

Museum Education (4 credits)

Nonprofit Management course (4 credits), with approval from Director of Museum Studies

Internship (200 hours, 6 credits)

A 200-hour internship, in a museum, is mandatory. The six academic credits required may include pre- and post-internship courses. Students from departments that do not offer one will consult with their Museum Studies advisor to arrange a satisfactory internship. Following the internship, using a format and venue arranged with their advisor, students must make a public presentation on their professional learning.

Electives (10 or 11 credits)

In consultation with their advisor and the Museum Studies Certificate Coordinator, students can choose from a wide variety of electives that will enhance their knowledge of the museum field. Some relevant courses recently offered include: Planning Interpretive Exhibits; Interpretive Exhibits Studio; Museum Ethics; Collections Care; and Art Law.


Application

Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies are taken on a rolling basis. There is no set deadline. However, it is in the best interest of students to apply for and declare the certificate as early as possible in their graduate studies in order to work with their advisor on a completion plan that is coordinated with their degree schedule. Students who are applying for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from sponsoring units (Anthropology, Architecture, or History of Art and Architecture), will ask their department to submit to the Department of the History of Art & Architecture on their behalf the following items:

  • Copies of transcripts from their application materials
  • Copies of letters of recommendations from their application materials

Students who are applying for the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from a non-sponsoring units, will ask their department to submit to the Department of the History of Art & Architecture on their behalf the following items:

  • Copies of transcripts from their application materials
  • Copies of letters of recommendations from their application materials
  • Statement of support from their academic advisor

In addition to submitting the materials above, each student must meet with the Director of Museum Studies, and bring to that meeting the following items in hard copy:

Once all of the materials above are received, the application to the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies will be complete and enrollment in the certificate will be approved and submitted on your behalf to the Graduate School.


Graduation

Keep in mind that no later than Friday of Week 2 in the term of graduation (for the graduate certificate, the graduate degree, or both the degree and the certificate), the student must apply for graduation.


Further Information

For academic inquiries and information on making an application, please contact the Director of Museum Studies.

For general information about pursuing a graduate certificate at the University of Oregon, including important policies, procedures, and deadlines, please visit the Graduate School webpage on certificate completion.


Forms

Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Application Checklist
Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies Progress Toward Completion Form
Graduate Certificate Declaration Form