Certificate in Museum Studies

Contribute to Important Cultural Institutions

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Weekends
  • Cost: $3,150

Next start date

October 1, 2016

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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 essential expertise in museum administration, programs, collections, exhibits and community engagement. We’ll explore a wide range of institutions and venues, including traditional museums, science centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens. You’ll study how to develop and execute engaging programming that attracts visitors, and then apply this learning in a real-world project.

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 or historical society and complete an independent project for the organization
  • Work with artifacts in museum settings
  • Take field trips to local museums and institutions

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.

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Learning Formats

Classroom

Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Blended

Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program

Online

Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program