Three M.A. in Museum Professions scholarship recipients recently reflected on how they gave back to the College of Communication and the Arts during their first year of graduate school. Erin Benz and Nicholas Lambing shared their experience serving as Communication and the Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA) Stewards and Hannah Gaston shared her experience as a graduate assistant within the College.
Each year and with generous support from the Office of the Provost, the College awards Dean’s Graduate Scholarships to qualified incoming students pursuing Master of Arts degrees. In Fall 2017, more than 75 percent of incoming Museum Professions students received scholarship aid from the College. Students who submit their complete application by each semester’s priority application deadline (May 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester) are automatically considered for any available internal scholarship funding, including a Dean’s Graduate Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship are determined based on academic merit and demonstrated need.
Benz, a Museum Registration track student and Dean’s Graduate Scholarship recipient, shared what the scholarship meant to her. “This scholarship helped me attend Seton Hall and encouraged me to be an active participant in community-building initiatives within the College,” she said. “By serving as CAGSA Social Co-Steward, I am learning important skills related to event planning and preparation that I can apply to my career.”
“It was important to me to apply by May 1 to meet scholarship deadlines, application due dates for graduate assistantship positions, and to show the College I was serious about attending” Benz said as she reflected on the application process. “Dr. Ryan Hudes was incredibly helpful in assisting me throughout the application process and was happy to assist me with my application.”
Lambing, who is also a Museum Registration track student and Dean’s Graduate Scholarship recipient, shared his experience serving at the CAGSA’s Social Co-Steward with Benz. “We serve as a connection between the students and the College,” he said. “Through the CAGSA, we help create opportunities for students to come together and socialize, share experiences, and network with peers from all three of the College’s master’s-level programs. I believe this position and the CAGSA enhances student experience and allows my peers and me to make unforgettable memories.”
In addition to any College-level scholarships, admitted students are welcome to apply for a graduate assistantship. Each academic year, the College and University offer a limited number of assistantships for graduate students. These positions vary in nature, but include full tuition scholarships for a certain number of credits per semester and include a monthly stipend.
Hannah Gaston, a Museum Education track student, holds an administrative graduate assistantship for Graduate Studies within the College, where she assists with managing the Institute of Museum Ethics’ blog, writing engagement materials, and crafting the program’s digital newsletter, Musings.
“This scholarship made my graduate experience at Seton Hall possible,” Gaston said. “Each day as a graduate assistant, I try to express my gratitude through my work. The benefits of working as a graduate assistant are multifold. I am expanding my professional and academic skillset while working to promote the Museum Professions program, the College, and the University.”
The M.A. in Museum Professions is an innovative program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students in the program select one of four professional tracks, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.