Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective MSP Students

I have just been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Michigan. Can I apply for admission to the Museum Studies Program?

According to Rackham rules, students must complete at least one term of coursework in their primary degree program before they are eligible to apply to a certificate program.

I am a current U-M student. How do I apply to MSP?

The Museum Studies Program is administered by the Rackham Graduate School. Students already pursuing a graduate degree in a Rackham program at U-M must submit a Dual Admission application. There is no application fee. For item 9 on the form, supply the following information:

  • Program of Application: Museum Studies
  • Numeric code: 01690

Students already pursuing a graduate degree at U-M in a non-Rackham program must create an online account in ApplyWeb before completing the Rackham Graduate Program Application.

There is a $75 application fee. For “Graduate Program Information,” supply the following:

  • Intended Graduate Program: Museum Studies Certificate
  • Numeric Code: 01690

I am a current U-M student taking courses in my home program, and not yet admitted to MSP. Can courses I take before joining MSP qualify as MSP electives?

Yes. You may be able to count courses you take before admission to the Certificate program as electives. If the course has been previously approved as an elective, you merely have to complete the “Application for Elective Credit” form and hand it in to the MSP Director. Other courses may also be approved as electives by the Director. If the course does not appear on the list of approved courses, it still may qualify as an elective:

  1. If it had a significant museum studies component, for example, if your research paper or other course material focused substantially on museum-related topics;
  2. Or by reconsidering the course materials from a museum studies perspective through writing a brief reflective paper that integrates your prior work with relevant issues in Museum Studies. Please meet with the MSP director to determine whether your prior coursework will qualify as an elective, and what steps you need to take to get it approved.

Can I enroll in MSP as a part-time student (for example taking only one course per semester)? Or must I be a full-time student to pursue the certificate?

Most students who are pursuing the MSP Certificate as a free-standing degree have the option of enrolling as part-time students and taking only one or two courses in a semester. However, international students must be enrolled full-time due to federal regulations. And all students, whether full or part-time, must complete the certificate within four years of joining the program, and must complete MSP 601 and 602 in a single year (fall and winter terms respectively).

What is the cost of pursuing the certificate as a free-standing degree?

Students pursuing the MSP Certificate as a free-standing degree are required to pay graduate school tuition at the LSA Rackham rate. For information on current tuition and other fees please consult the Office of the Registrar at

If you are pursuing a degree in this way you ultimately have to pay for 12 credit hours of tuition: to cover the two proseminars and two electives. You can accomplish this in a number of ways:

  1. enroll as a full-time student for one semester (and complete MSP 601 and 2 electives) and as a part-time student to take MSP602 in the second semester;
  2. take 6 credit hours per semester over two semesters, and enroll as a part-time student; or
  3. take 3 credit hours over four semesters and enroll as a part-time student. In all scenarios, MSP601 and MSP602 must be taken sequentially in a single academic year. You do not have to pay tuition for the required practicum. Please note: federal regulations require that foreign students must be enrolled full-time.


Does not include any required fees.  Tuition changes from year to year.  Please visit the Registrar’s Office Tuition and Registration Fees page for latest information on current tuition rates.  Note, this information does not apply to international students, who must enroll as full-time students for two semesters to complete the program.