Since MSP admitted its first cohort in 2003, more than 147 students have completed the Museum Studies Certificate. The chart below includes information on the current placement of the 128 MSP Certificate graduates who have also completed their Masters, Ph.D., MFA, or J.D. degrees.
Students enter the MSP certificate program with many different interests and career goals. Some seek careers in museums; some in academia; and others in K-12 education, libraries and archives, non-profit art organizations, and for-profit companies and firms. Whatever their goals, students have found pursuing the certificate a rewarding and productive experience that has helped them to clarify and prepare to meet their career goals. Today, 35 of our graduates hold teaching appointments in universities; 26 work in a variety of capacities in museums; and 13 are employed in libraries or archives.
[graph revised May 2021]
Quotes from Our Graduates
“LOVED the proseminar and the students I met in my cohort. The internship experience also changed my life and jumpstarted my career connections.”
“I found the site visits very rewarding. It was nice to see behind the scenes at many museums, see how things worked, and be able to make connections with staff and members of the museum field….My internship at the Adler Planetarium in particular solidified my desire to work in museums.”
“I loved the proseminar—it was great to talk with others who had a great enthusiasm for museums, to share our knowledge and points of view on the readings and museum site visits.”
See more comments about how the Museum Studies program enhanced the professional lives of our alumni.
Please visit the kudos section of our web site to see what our graduates are doing. Here are just a few highlights:
MSP19, MLIS, School of Information, 2020
Mark is an Assistant Registrar at the Toledo Museum of Art
Stephanie Fleming [Brown] MSP17, MFA, Fine Arts, 2018
Stephanie is a Project Manager at the African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta.
MSP16, MA, School of Education, 2017
Rebecca is a Curriculum Development Specialist at the Huntington Library.
Lauren Stamm [Brady] MSP15, MSI, School of Information, 2016
Lauren is a Reference and Access Specialist at The Henry Ford.
MSP13, MA, School of Education, 2014
Caroline is the Accessibility Coordinator at The Henry Ford.
MSP12, PhD, Urban Planning, 2016
Justin is a Lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University Center of Science and Industry.
MSP12, MSI, School of Information, 2013
Marisa is an Assistant Registrar at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
MSP11, PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Education, 2013
Shannon is Director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.
Jennifer A. Scott
MSP08, MFA, Art & Design, 2010
Jennifer is the Collections Manager of NAGPRA at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.
MSP07, PhD, History, 2009
Monica is the Director of the Curatorial Studies Program and an Assistant Professor at Carlton University.
MSP05, PhD, History of Art, 2011
Katharine is an Associate Curator of Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
MSP04, PhD, Anthropology, 2005
Erica is a Professor of History and Sociology/Anthropology at Concordia University. She is also the Founding Director of the university’s Curating and Public Scholarship Lab.