Graduate Program

MFS Graduate Program - Requirements for Collections/Field Track

This track is for those interested in collections management, field and collections research, and curatorial work. It is designed to give students academic training in all aspects of museology and their chosen discipline with special emphasis on how to collect, catalogue, and care for museum collections. This track may include field projects related to the student's chosen specialization.

Course Requirements:

Thesis Plan Credit
Project Plan Credit
Intro. to Museums (5011) 4 Intro. to Museums (5011) 4
Collections Management (5051) 3 Collections Management (5051) 3
Exhibition Development (5031) 3 Exhibition Development (5031) 3
Museum Administration (5041) 3 Museum Administration (5041) 3
Museum Education (5030) 3 Museum Education (5030) 3
Advanced Seminar (6110) 3 Advanced Seminar (6110) 3
Specialty hours (5000+)** 12 Specialty hours (5000+)** 15
Seminar, Independent Study, Topic, Practicum 1-3 Project hours (6960) 4
Thesis hours (6950) 4-6  
Total 32 Total 32

Plus 150 hours of internship for both plans

** Specialty hours may also include practicum work, field methods courses, and up to six hours of 3000 or 4000 level classes, if appropriate. Specialty hours may be taken in more than one department or school. Some Museum courses may count as specialty hours with advisor approval.

A committee of at least three graduate faculty will be selected during the first semester in residence, by consultation between the student, the student's advisor, and the director of the MFS program. At least one member of the committee must be a tenured or tenure-track member of the Museum faculty. The Committee will serve as program advisors for the comprehensive exam and as the defense committee for the thesis or project. A student and advisor may apply for an exception in writing, which must be approved by the MFS program director.

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