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Museum Science & Management Program

The Master of Art’s Degree Program in Museum Science and Management provides training to students interested in pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, archives, national parks and related institutions. The program is open to students who have earned an undergraduate degree in any academic discipline from an accredited university. Admission to a particular track within the MSM program, however, may be limited based on prior coursework and will be decided by the MSM Graduate Committee after the applicant requests to participate in a track.


The Museum Science and Management program offers internships and student experiences that reflect the workings of a full-service museum. After graduation, graduates understand the importance of the visitor/audience experience in virtually all aspects of museum functions. The MSM staff provides mentoring to ensure a broad understanding of professional opportunities and responsibilities.

Students gain experience in using objects and collections in research, exhibition, publication and educational programming, as well as a background in museum administration, leadership and fundraising. Internships at regional or national cultural institutions provide practical experience for students in their selected area of specialization.

The Museum Science and Management program is a full-time program that students should be able to complete in two years. Part-time students should expect to complete the degree program in three to four years, depending on the number of credit hours in which the student enrolls each semester. Available tracks in the program are: Anthropology, History, Native American and General.

Degree Options


Museum Science and Management, M.A.

Prepare students to become museum professionals through classroom preparation, a commitment to hands-on projects, and meaningful internships.

Professional Opportunities

  • Museum administration
  • Fiscal management
  • Collections care and research
  • Museum education