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M.A., Museum Professions Professional Tracks  

Museum Education

Recognizing the civic role the museum now assumes in society, the Museum Education track trains students to create rich learning-centered experiences for diverse visitors of all ages and abilities. The required coursework in educational theory, human development, museum programming, and audience research prepares students to plan engaging museum learning that is meaningful to individuals, families, schools and communities. Students also explore how technology offers new opportunities for museum education.

Courses required for the Museum Education track include:

  • ARMS 6813
    Museum Education I
  • ARMS 6814
    Museum Education II
  • ARMS 6815
    Museum and Communities
  • ARMS 6817
    Audience Research and Evaluation
  • EDST 6326
    Advanced Psychology of Learning

Museum Registration

The Museum Registration track focuses on the care and management of museum collections, with courses covering legal, ethical, and practical considerations. Students learn about the ideals and realities of museum storage, handling, inventorying, shipping, and display. They are introduced to principles of connoisseurship. They also discuss issues of provenance and repatriation.

Courses required for the Museum Registration track include:

  • ARMS 6802
    Object Care
  • ARMS 6803
    Museum Registration I
  • ARMS 6804
    Museum Registration II
  • ARMS 6805
    Legal and Ethical Issues in Museums
  • ARMS 6818
    Introduction to Archives Management for Museum Professionals

Museum Management

The Museum Management track prepares students for a career in museum administration and development, with required coursework focusing on the legal and financial responsibilities of museum leadership. Courses range from grantsmanship to managing volunteers to fundraising, marketing and strategic planning, allowing students to choose those specific areas of museum management that best fit with their career goals.

Courses required for the Museum Management track include:

  • ARMS 6805
    Legal and Ethical Issues in Museums
  • ARMS 6806
    Museum Fundraising Fundamentals
In consultation with a faculty adviser, choose three courses from the following:
  • PSMA 7311
    Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PSMA 7312
    Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  • PSMA 7314
    Financial Management of Nonprofit Organization
  • PSMA 7315
    Managing Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSMA 7321
    Grantsmanship
  • PSMA 8300-40
    Special Topics in Nonprofits

Exhibition Development

The Exhibition Development track provides both a theoretical and practical approach to conceiving and executing museum exhibitions. Students have opportunities to engage in exhibition critique and to think conceptually about what exhibitions can do. Students also gain hands-on experience in all aspects of exhibition development such as obtaining loans, generating budgets, creating effective juxtapositions, writing wall texts, and publishing a brochure.

Courses required for the Exhibition Development track include:

  • ARMS 6803
    Museum Registration I
  • ARMS 6805
    Legal and Ethical Issues in Museums
  • ARMS 6814
    Museum Education II
  • ARMS 6901
    Museum Exhibitions A-Z
  • EDST 7002
    Producing an Exhibition
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