Certificate in Museum Studies Foundations

Contribute to Important Cultural Institutions


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 - 9 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,047

Next start date:

October 2, 2024

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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 three-course certificate program, you’ll gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to start or advance your museum career. We’ll dive into foundational topics, such as museum administration, education, collections, exhibitions and community engagement. We’ll explore how these areas function at various institutions and venues, including traditional museums, science centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens.


Anyone who works or volunteers in museums and other institutions, as well as those interested in entering the field.

See Requirements


  • Common roles and departments in museums and how they connect to and support each other
  • How museums uphold their goals and values and adhere to best practices in the field
  • Collection management policies, procedures and technology, and exhibition planning processes and design principles
  • The principles of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in museum content and programming, and how to raise the issues of decolonization, voice, authority and representation
  • How to apply museum education theories to engage and inspire diverse audiences 

Apply for a Scholarship

You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For eligibility details, see the Scholarships page. 


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

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

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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