Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

The departmental Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is awarded to students who have completed four courses that satisfy the certificate’s requirements. It is not a stand-alone certificate but is awarded in conjunction with a graduate degree. Courses must include CAS AH 520 and CAS AH 521. In conjunction with the Director of Museum Studies, students choose an elective course to reflect their specific course of study. Possible options include (but are not limited to) CAS AH 524, CAS AH 576, CAS AH 804 (when it is a conservation seminar), or suitable courses from other departments and the Metropolitan College’s graduate program in Arts Administration. Additionally, students must take a graduate-level internship at a museum or nonprofit arts organization. Both the elective and the internship require the approval of the Director of Museum Studies. The internship may be taken as CAS AH 501 or CAS AH 502. 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 Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies may complete both sets of requirements by taking nine courses instead of the eight for the MA alone. The certificate is also open to MA students in cognate disciplines of graduate study.

The department has ongoing internship placements at a range of institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy; the Photographic Resource Center; the Peabody-Essex Museum; the Boston Public Library; the Harvard University Art Museums; the List Visual Arts Center at MIT; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Historic New England; and several smaller historical house museums.

Learning Outcomes

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