Program for the Certificate in Museum Studies

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 program.  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 and Certificate programs may complete the course requirements for both programs 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 program in museum studies is also open to MA students in other disciplines of graduate study, as well as qualified non-degree students.  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.

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
E-mail: hallmj@bu.edu

 

Click here for a list of selected symposia and conferences organized by Melanie Hall, Director of Museum Studies Boston University

 

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