Earn your certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies
The Graduate Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies is coordinated by the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History in collaboration with the Department of History. This interdisciplinary program addresses a growing need, both regionally and nationally,
for professionals who have museological and curatorial training and experience. The
Certificate Program teaches the history, theory, and practice of museology and provides
students with hands-on curatorial and exhibition experience via coursework and internships.
Students who complete the Certificate will gain the practical skills and theoretical
knowledge essential for further academic studies and careers in traditional museum
settings as well as state and governmental agencies, and other cultural institutions
Unlike other regional programs in Museum Studies, courses in this program are taught
by core faculty in the Department of History and the Department of Art, Graphic Design,
and Art History, and they emphasize hands-on experience. In addition to a required
internship, students have the opportunity to plan and implement exhibitions at the OSU Museum of Art,The Gardiner Gallery of Art, and/or other OSU venues including the OSU Vertebrate Collections.
HIST 5053 : Museum Studies
ART 5810 : Museum Studies Internship
or HIST 5030 : Public History Internship
Elective (6 credit hours - select one of the following):
HIST 5033 : Introduction to Public History
HIST5063 : Historic Preservation
HIST 5073 : Digital Methods in History
ART 5813 : Museum Exhibition
ART 5723 : History of Museums and Collecting
ART 5733 : Museum Education
* Students must choose one HIST class and one ART class.
* May include additional hours of internship. May include History, Art History, Business
Administration, Education, Zoology, among others, and are subject to the approval
of the program coordinator.
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Currently enrolled OSU graduate students are not required to submit transcripts or
letters of recommendation for acceptance to this program; they must however submit
an application and be accepted before they can register for program-specific classes.
Prospective candidates for admission who are not currently enrolled in an OSU graduate
program must submit a formal application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
They must also have completed a BA degree in a related field (with a minimum of 18
credit hours completed in Art History and/or History or related fields). Upon approval
of the student’s application by a committee comprised of faculty from the Department
of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History and the Department of History, the student
must fill out a course of study form indicating what classes they have taken and are
planning to take in order to fulfill the program requirements.
Students seeking a Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies must maintain a minimum
GPA of 3.0 in their certificate coursework.