Museum Science & Management

Recreation and Preservation



Lorton Hall, 201

Graduates of the MSM program have the intellectual training and practical experience to become the next generation of dynamic and effective museum professionals.

Instruction is based on current best practices. 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 Master of Arts program in Museum Science and Management 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. A limited number of graduate assistantships are offered to highly qualified, full-time MSM graduate students.

Applicants must submit all required application materials prior to an admission decision and meet all general standards for graduate admission at The University of Tulsa. Required application materials and general standards for admission are available on the Graduate School website.  Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Results from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam, 232 on the computer-based exam, or 575 on the paper exam for students whose native language is not English. Non-native speakers may submit a minimum score of 6.5 from the IELTS examination to substitute for the TOEFL score.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Students who do not satisfy this requirement but have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major field may be admitted on probation.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least three professors or former supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s technical background, work performance and academic potential.
  • A Statement of Purpose that includes a description of the applicant’s background, rationale for the desired track, specific interests in museum science and management, and long-term professional objectives.

After Graduation

The MSM program offers internships and student experiences that reflect the workings of a full-service museum. Graduates understand the importance of the visitor/audience experience in virtually all aspects of museum functions. Graduates are mentored by MSM staff to ensure a broad understanding of professional opportunities and responsibilities.

Program Faculty

The Museum Science and Management Program consists of faculty from a variety of academic departments at The University of Tulsa, as well as Gilcrease staff members and visiting scholars and lecturers. All faculty are recognized as experts in their field of instruction and are committed to the program’s goal of combining classroom instruction with hands-on application.

Current University of Tulsa academic departments that contribute faculty to the Museum Science and Management Program include:

  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Religion and Philosophy

Gilcrease staff members contributing their knowledge to the degree program are subject matter specialists in art history, ethnology, history and archeology, collections management, registration, education, IT, photography, development and administration.

Robert Pickering, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology,
Director, Museum Science and Management, University of Tulsa
Adjunct Curator, Gilcrease Museum
(918) 631-2387 Office