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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.

Overview

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.

Program Objectives

Master of Arts in Museum Science and Management

Students who successfully completes a master’s degree in Museum Science and Management will possess the following:

  1. Develop basic skills for cataloging museum and archival collections.
  2. Learn basic conservation principles needed by all museum professionals
  3. Ability to design the layout for an exhibition and to write descriptive labels.
  4. Grounding in applicable legal and ethical perspectives of museum work.
  5. Ability to work as part of a team.
  6. Understand how to use visitor survey data to evaluate exhibitions and programs.
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

Professional Opportunities

  • Museum administration
  • Fiscal management
  • Collections care and research
  • Museum education
Programs of Study

The Museum Science and Management Degree Program leads to a Master’s of Arts degree. Full-time students should be able to complete the degree program in two years, and 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.

The degree program requires the completion of 33 credit hours, including classroom instruction coupled with actual work in a museum setting. The curriculum consists of:

  • A museum science and management core (12 credit hours)
  • A selection of courses either in one track or in a variety of tracks (12 credit hours)
  • A selection of electives (6 credit hours)
  • An internship or capstone project (3 credit hours)

Available tracks in the program are: Anthropology, History, Native American and General.

The Museum Science and Management Master’s Degree Program provides both interdisciplinary coursework and hands-on experience designed to prepare future museum professionals in the areas of:

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

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 staff of Gilcrease Museum and the faculty at TU collaborate to provide in-depth opportunities to specialize in the curation, care and exhibition of American art, archaeology, ethnology and archives. Museum Science and Management and Graduate School staff will also mentor students in topics and issues related to professionalism and career development, such as:

  • Helping students prepare resumes and cover letters;
  • Joining professional organizations;
  • Participating in appropriate regional or national meetings; and
  • Becoming conversant in important contemporary issues related to museum work.
Apply Now!

Applications can be submitted by visiting https://applynow.utulsa.edu/

General questions or inquiries should be directed to 918-631-2336 or 800-882-4723, or emailed to grad@utulsa.edu.

Information can also be requested online by visiting the Graduate School Admission site.