Graduate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies is situated in the Rackham Graduate School. Students who have been admitted to or who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan, or who have received a graduate degree from an accredited institution within the last five years, are eligible to apply for admission to the Program.

Effective September 2013, the Program requires 12 credit hours of coursework plus an approved practicum experience for award of the Certificate in Museum Studies, a portion of which may be double-counted with coursework undertaken in the student’s primary field of study. (Note: students who enrolled in 2012 or earlier are required to complete 18 credit hours.) The Program offers some financial assistance, primarily for the spring and summer. The purpose of this funding is to promote internships, research assistantships, field work at museums, independent study related to students’ programs, participation at professional meetings and conferences, and dissertation research for those MSP students who are writing dissertations that deal explicitly with museums. Enrollment in the Program is competitive and is limited to a maximum of 12-15 students per year. Decisions regarding admission are made by the Program’s Steering Committee.

Students interested in applying to the UMMSP are advised to contact the Program’s Director. Program requirements and guidelines for admission are available on this website or may be obtained by contacting the UMMSP Office.