Graduate Certificate in Museum Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Administration is a 15-credit program that prepares students for successful careers in museums, archives, historic sites or science centers by emphasizing administration, curatorship, collections management, exhibit interpretation, fund development and education, through high quality instruction, research, and practical application.

This program offers a cutting-edge approach to Museum Administration whereby the coursework considers how museums, archives, historic sites and science centers are currently working to reinvent themselves. As audiences look for institutions to make room for voices and narratives that historically have been left out, museums, archives, historic sites and science centers must become generators of discourse that can disrupt the dominant social narratives that exist within their communities and societies. This program is designed to prepare future leaders with theoretically informed and socially engaged application to face these challenges and create museums of the future.

This certificate is designed for those who have earned a bachelor's degree in fields such as arts and literature, humanities, history, sciences, and more, but wish to take rigorous master's level courses related to the administration/management of museums, archives, historic sites or science centers. Current Master of Public Administration students can select museum administration courses under the 12-credit electives requirements, and earn the certificate.


Admission Requirements

Completed admission applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a required minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Statement of career goals and objectives
  • Relevant experience considered

Core Curriculum

Required Core Courses: 
MUSE 6890 Managing Museum Collections and Interpretation
MUSE 6891 Administration of Museums, Archives, Historic Sites, and Science Centers
MUSE 6892 Internship and Practicum (cross listed with PADM 6853)

Electives (Choose 2):
MUSE 6893 Introduction to Museum Education
MUSE 6894 Museum as Site for Social Action
PADM 6882 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
PADM 6883 Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM 6884 Human Resources and Volunteer Management for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM 6885 Writing Grants: Foundations, NPOs and Government Contracts
MSUS 8807 Historic Preservation
ARTH 4600 African Art
ARTH 4602 Art History I
ARTH 4603 Art History II
ARTH 4604 Contemporary Art
HIST  4301 History of African-American Thought
MSCI 6546 Mariculture

Application Deadlines

To apply for this program, please submit a completed graduate application, statement of purpose, résumé or curriculum vitae, and one transcript from each college attended, to the Office of Graduate Studies..

June 1 - International Students 
August 1 - Regular Admissions

 December 1 - Regular Admissions & International Students

May 1 - Regular Admissions & International Students

For more information, contact:

Dr. Otilia Iancu
Coordinator of the MPA program at or 912-358-3221