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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 advisor 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
http://history.buffalostate.edu/

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.

4. Sample research paper from applicants in area of specialization.

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

Program Requirements

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
MST 601 THEORY AND METHOD IN MUSEUM STUDIES 3
MST 660 MUSEUMS AND SOCIETY 3
CRS 559 PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 3

Tracks (12 credit hours)
Select one of the following tracks: 12
Collections Management and Curatorial Track
Vistor Experience and Education Track
Museum Operations Track

All Tracks (6-9 credit hours)
MST 590 INDEPENDENT STUDY 3
MST 688 INTERNSHIP 3-6

All Tracks (3-6 credit hours)
MST 795 MASTER'S THESIS 3-6
or MST 690 MASTER'S PROJECT
Total Credit Hours 33

Collections Management and Curatorial Track
MST 621 MUSEUM REGISTRATION METHODS 3
MST 622 RESEARCHING AND PRESENTING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS 3
MST 623 DIGITAL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS 3
MST 624 MUSEUM ARCHIVES 3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours 12

Visitor Experience and Education Track
MST 630 VISTOR EXPERIENCE IN MUSEUMS 3
SSE/MST 632 TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES 3
AED 505 FOUNDATIONS IN MUSEUM EDUCATION STUDIES 3
AED 604 FUNDAMENTALS OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR MUSEUMS 3
EDT 617 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR INFORMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS 3
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours 18

Museum Operations Track
MST 640 MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION 3
MST 641 REVENUE GENERATION FOR MUSEUMS 3
MST 643 MUSEUM MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS 3
BUS 545 BASIC ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESS AND NONBUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 3
BUS 688 LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS 3
COM 519 COMMUNICATION FOR LEADERS AND MANAGERS 3
Other course(s) under advisement
Total Credit Hours 18

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