The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career.
Its location in Washington, DC, the museum capital of the world, allows students to gain practical working experience through the program's affiliation with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations.
The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum, and a strong internship program. More than 800 alumni work in museums, historic sites, and houses, federal agencies and related nonprofit organizations all over the world.
The faculty is drawn from a pool of practicing museum professionals working in the Washington, D.C. area. Each member of the faculty brings many years of experience in all aspects of museum operations. They teach what they practice, often on location in the very museum where they work.
The Museum Studies Program offers a friendly environment where students are supported, encouraged and given individualized attention. Join the program and prepare for a rewarding museum career!
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Students who apply for master’s degree candidacy in the Museum Studies Program must meet all general requirements for admission to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and must hold a bachelor's degree with a major, or its equivalent, in an academic subject relating to museum collections. Some common majors are anthropology, American studies, history, and biology, but other majors are also accepted.
The Museum Studies Graduate Program provides the training and experience necessary to begin a successful museum career. The program is known for its academic excellence, strong faculty and internship opportunities at many of the world's top museums.
- 42 total credit hours of work in a museum, academic and internship courses (One course = 3 credit hours);
- 24 credit hours of museum studies courses;
- 12 credit hours of content area courses;
- 6 credit hours of internship training;
- Satisfactory completion of the Museum Studies comprehensive exams - Satisfactory fulfillment of the Graduate Writing Requirement.
The Museum Studies Program adheres to the time limitation guidelines set forth by the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences of the George Washington University. A student has four years to complete the requirements leading to a Master's degree.
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At GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning.