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Certificate in Museum Studies

Contribute to Important Cultural Institutions

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $3,798

Next start date:

September 2021

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About this Program


In our increasingly high-tech and virtual society, museums offer a space where communities can interact through meaningful objects, discover new passions and learn more about each other and our multifaceted world. All such institutions — whether devoted to art, science, nature, history or another category of human knowledge — need trained professionals to function and thrive.

In this six-course certificate program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of museum administration, programs, collections, exhibits and community engagement. We’ll explore how these areas apply in a wide range of institutions and venues, including traditional museums, science centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens. You’ll then apply this learning by completing a real-world project in the practicum course.

DESIGNED FOR

Professionals who work or volunteer in museums and other institutions, as well as those interested in entering the field.

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WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Strategies for planning and managing new program development
  • How to create, promote and evaluate educational programming for children and adults
  • Collection management policies and procedures
  • Fundamental principles of exhibit design, production and maintenance
  • How to build relationships with the community, donors and supporters

GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

  • Serve an internship at a local museum, cultural organization or historical society and complete an independent project for the organization
  • Work with artifacts in museum settings
  • Plan and design interpretive programming and exhibits
  • Take behind-the-scenes visits in local museums

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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