Admissions

Any student with a bachelor’s degree who is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Michigan, or who has received a graduate degree from an accredited institution in the last five years, may apply for admission to the Program.

The Museum Studies Program is administered by the Rackham Graduate School.  Students enrolled in a U-M graduate degree program pursue the Certificate in Museum Studies as a second or dual degree.  Students already enrolled in a Rackham or non-Rackham graduate degree program must normally complete at least one term in their home program before applying. Additional information can be found on Rackham’s website regarding Dual Degree and Certificate programs.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020.  Later applications will be considered if space is available.  Students applying by the deadline will be notified of acceptance by April 1.

Students must commit to enrolling in the two-semester proseminar for the academic year following admission to the program.  The proseminar is scheduled during evenings of the Fall and Winter semesters.  In addition, students enrolled in the proseminar will be expected to participate in museum site visits.  Three all-day visits will be scheduled for Fridays during each semester.

 

Application instructions for current Rackham students:

Students already pursuing a graduate degree in a Rackham program at U-M must submit a Dual Admission application.  There is no application fee.  Prior to beginning your application, please note that that you will need the following things:

  • Copies of your transcript(s) from all post-secondary education
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement of Purpose: A brief statement (no more than 500 words) addressing how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue the Museum Studies certificate.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose should be 500-1000 words that addresses the reason(s) you are interested in the Certificate in Museum Studies, how the certificate program relates to the degree program you are currently pursuing (or have recently completed), your previous experience in museums (and related institutions), and your career plans.
  • A Pre-Approval Form for Dual Admission: You must meet with your current program advisor or coordinator and obtain a signature of approval from the authorized signer in your current graduate program. This signed form will need to be uploaded to your application.

To begin your application, navigate to this page and scroll about half-way down to the section called Dual Admission.  Please review the eligibility requirements.  When you are ready to begin your application, follow the instructions that read “Current Rackham students complete the Dual Admission application using an ApplyWeb account.”  Note that although the general instructions reference a $10 application fee, the museum studies dual degree application has been pre-coded with a fee waiver, so there is no cost to apply.  Follow the ApplyWeb link above to create your online application.

Upload your completed Pre-Approval Form for Dual Admission.

Upload your transcript(s), curriculum vitae, and statements in the appropriate fields.

Note that two letters of recommendation are required and should be sent directly to Museum Studies at ummsp@umich.edu.

 

Application instructions for non-Rackham students:

Please follow these instructions if you are either:

  • A student already pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Michigan in a non-Rackham program
  • A prospective student who is not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan but who has received a graduate degree from an accredited institution within the last five years

The application process is the same for either scenario.

Applicants will begin at the Rackham Graduate School Application Process page.  Please follow the instructions on that page that will guide you through creating an ApplyWeb account to begin your application, obtaining a UM ID number (if not already a UM student), and uploading files to your application.  Prior to beginning your application, please note that that you will need the following things:

  • Copies of your transcript(s) from all post-secondary education
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement: How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, citizenship status or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan?
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: The Academic Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how the Museum Studies Program will help you meet your career, and educational objectives.

To begin your application, navigate to this page and follow the link to Complete Application.  Note that there is a $75 application fee for US citizens and permanent residents; the cost for non-US citizens is $90.  All of your application materials (transcripts, curriculum vitae, statements, and requests for two letters of recommendation) will be submitted via this online application system.

 

It is recommended that students meet with the Program’s Interim Director, Margaret Hedstrom, prior to applying to the program.  She can be reached via email at hedstrom@umich.edu.

If you have any questions about the application requirements that are specific to the Museum Studies Program, please contact us at ummsp@umich.edu or #734-936-6678.

If you have questions regarding the ApplyWeb online application system, please contact Rackham Admissions at rackadmis@umich.edu or #734-764-8129.

 

** Application deadline for the 2020-21 school year is February 28, 2020 **

Interested students might consider attending our recruiting reception on January 27.  It will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the UM Museum of Art in the Multi-Purpose Room.

2020 recruiting poster 8.5 x 11 reception