Museum Studies Certificate

The departmental certificate in Museum Studies is awarded to students who have completed four courses that satisfy the certificate’s requirements. These must include AH520, AH521, and AH501 (or AH502) an internship in a museum or non-profit arts organization. The fourth course is an elective, which shall be chosen with the approval of the Director of Museum Studies. This last course is tailored to the specific student’s course of study.  Possible options include a second internship, AH524, AH576, AH804 (when it is a conservation seminar), or a number of other classes if approved by the Director of Museum Studies, including courses from other departments and the Metropolitan College’s graduate program in Arts Administration.

These courses may be taken either as part of or in addition to the courses required for the MA or the PhD. Students enrolled simultaneously in the MA program and pursuing the Museum Studies Certificate may complete both sets of requirements by taking nine courses instead of the eight for the MA alone. This typically includes five required area courses, including two seminars, and four museum courses; however, such students may choose to take ten courses. With approval of the Director of Museum Studies, the curatorial seminar may occasionally double as an area distribution for the MA, but in this case, the total of nine required courses remains. The Certificate is awarded at the completion of the master’s degree. The Museum Studies Certificate is also open to MA students in other disciplines of graduate study.  The Department has ongoing internship placements at a range of institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy; the Photography Resource Center; the Peabody-Essex Museum; the Boston Public Library; the Harvard University Art Museums; the List Art Center at M.I.T.; the Preservation Society of Newport County; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, among others.

The learning outcomes for the Certificate in Museum Studies:

  • Acquire familiarity with different methodologies in museum studies
  • Develop a critical understanding of current principles, practice, and contemporary debates in Museum Studies
  • Develop skills required to mount exhibitions and gain practical experience in applying those skill
  • Be prepared for a curatorial or museum career


Click here to download the AH501/AH502 internship approval form.

For further information please contact:

Melanie Hall
Director of Museum Studies

725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 205A
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1476
Fax: (617) 353-3243