MA Degree

The Master’s curriculum is evenly divided between required courses and student-selected courses allowing MA candidates to craft a course of study suited to their own goals. The core curriculum provides a foundation in museum theory and practice. Students can choose electives and design internships to focus on a particular specialty (such as interpretation and evaluation, collections care and management, or museums and descendant communities) or they can take a range of courses to develop the kind of generalist knowledge and skills required in a small museum. Most classes incorporate applied learning experiences so that students are building skills and knowledge while working in partnership with community museums.

Master’s Degree Requirements

Core courses (18 credits): 
MSTD A503 Introduction to Museum Studies (3 cr.) 
MSTD A510 Museum Education (3 cr.)
MSTD A512 Exhibit Planning and Design (3 cr.)
MSTD A516 Collections Care and Management (3 cr.)
MSTD A530 Museum Colloquium (3 cr.)
MSTD A548 Museum Administration (3 cr.)

Internship (6 credits): Proposals must be approved by internship advisor prior to registration.
MSTD A508 Museum Internship (1-6 credits)

Capstone (3 cr.) MSTD A530 Museum colloquium 

Electives (12 credits) 
Select 4 courses from the following list of approved courses. Electives not included in the list below must be approved by your academic advisor.  Additional New Media Courses, Anthropology, and Herron Visual Communication and Fine Arts graduate courses will be added as electives as their courses are approved. 

MSTD A514 Museums and Technology (3 cr.) 
MSTD A518 Museums and Audiences (3 cr.) 
MSTD A560 Museum Ethics (3 cr.)
MSTD A560 Current Topics in Museum Studies (3 cr.) (may be repeated)
MSTD A511 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Object-based learning (3 cr.)
MSTD A513 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Curatorial Practices (3 cr.)
MSTD A521 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Museum Theatre (3 cr.)
MSTD A531 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Critical Approaches to Museum Education (3 cr.) 
MSTD A540 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Issues in Cultural Heritage (3 cr.)
MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Caring for Native Objects (3 cr.)
MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Indians of North America (3 cr.) MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Museum Communication Strategies
MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Museum Education Research Methods (3 cr.) MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Museum Ethics
MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Modern Material Culture (3 cr.) 
MSTD A560 Ct. Tpcs. in MSTD: Native Americans and Museums (3 cr.) 
    MSTD A595     Indep.. Learning in Museum Studies (1-4 cr.) (may be repeated)

Approved electives from other departments

Please discuss electives with your advisor or other faculty member.

ANTH A560 Variable Topics in Anthropology
ANTH A565 Anthropological Thought
ANTH E501 Fundamentals of Applied Anthropology 
ANTH E509 Modern Material Culture

Journalism/Public Relations
JOUR J528 Public Relations Management
JOUR J531 Public Relations for NonProfits

Psychology of Teaching and Learning 
EDUC P540 Learning and Cognition in Education 
EDUC P640 Thinking and Learning in Social Contexts
Theory of Education
EDUC H520 Education and Social Issues 
EDUC H530 Philosophy of Education
EDUC Y520 Introduction to Educational Research
Curriculum Development
EDUC J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum 
EDUC T550 Cultural/Community Forces and the Schools
EDUC Y535 Program Evaluation
Inquiry and Educational Research 
EDUC Y520   Strategies for Educational Inquiry
EDUC Y510   Action Research (pre-requisite Y520)

Library and Information Science 
LIS S502 Acquisitions and Management of Knowledge and Information
LIS S511 Database Design
LIS S548 Archives and Records Management

HER H560 Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach
HER H610   Art Theory and Criticism
HER V501 Intro to Design Thinking (1.5 cr)
HER V511 People-Centered Design Research (1.5 cr)
HER Z508 Issues in Art Education

NonProfit Management 
SPEA V522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations 
SPEA V525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector
SPEA V526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (V525 pre-req recommended) 
SPEA V557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration
SPEA V558 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations 
SPEA V652 Managing Workforce Diversity

HIST H542 Introduction to Public History
HIST H547 Special Topics in Public History: Historic Preservation 
HIST H547 Special Topics in Public History: Archival Practices
HIST H547 Special Topics in Public History: Historic Site Interpretation
HIST H547 Special Topics in Public History: Digital Public History

Philanthropic Studies 
PHST P512 Human & Financial Resources for Philanthropy 
PHST P521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
PHST P523   Civil Society & Philanthropy
PHST P542 Ethics and Values of Philanthropy

SOC SR551 Quantitative Methods in Sociology
SOC S6559 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
SOC S652 Textual Analysis