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Museum Studies

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 and venues. 


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.



Core Courses

  • 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. 


Cost and Assistance

Cost for on-campus enrollment

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