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Museum Studies, M.A.

About the Program

The Museum Studies Master of Arts program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in museums or related cultural institutions. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including both theoretical instruction and practical experience to prepare students for museum careers. In addition to a set of core courses, students specialize in one of three fields of museum work. Each student works closely with an academic adviser to develop a program that will position him or her as an innovator who will serve the broad and changing needs of both collections and communities.

About the History and Social Studies Education Department Department

C205 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5412
Fax: (716) 878-3882

Admission Requirements

1.) A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).

2.) Three letters of recommendation.

3.) A 500-word personal statement describing the applicant’s graduate education goals and interest in the museum field.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 9 cr
MST 601 Theory and Method in Museum Studies
MST 660 Museums and Society
CRS 559 Principles of Creative Problem Solving

Collections Management and Curatorial Track 12 cr
MST 620 Collections Management
MST 621 Registration Methods
MST 622 Researching and Presenting Museum Collections
MST 623 Digital Museum Collections
MST 624 Museum Archives

Other course(s) under advisement

Visitor Experience and Education Track 12 cr
MST 630 Visitor Experience in Museums
SSE/MST 631 Learning from Museums
SSE/MST 632 Teaching with Historic Places
AED 505 Foundations in Museum Education Studies
AED 604 Fundamentals of Educational Programming for Museums
EDC 617 Educational Technology for Informal learning Environments
SPF 526 School Communication and Public Interaction
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs

Other course(s) under advisement

Museum Operations Track 12 cr
MST 640 Museum Administration
MST 641 Revenue Generation for Museums
MST 643 Museum Marketing and Public Relations
BUS 545 Basic Accounting for Business and Non-business Organizations
BUS 688 Leadership in Organizations
COM 519 Communication for Leaders and Managers

Other course(s) under advisement

All Tracks 6-9 cr
MST 590 Independent Study
MST 688 Museum Internship (3, 6)

All Tracks 3-6 cr
MST 795 Master’s Thesis (6)
MST 690 Master’s Project (3)

Total Required Credit Hours (33 cr)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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