Public programs facilitate dialogue between academics and professionals, informing scholarship and strengthening practice.

Multiple day conferences, year-long colloquia, individual lectures, “conversations” between individuals, hands-on workshops, and Museums at Noon talks featuring our graduate students all contribute to the remarkable richness of MSP offerings.

Video recordings of some MSP lectures are archived for viewing in our Media Gallery.

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Virtual Open House for prospective students

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

February 2, 2024 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Museum Studies Program invites students enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Michigan to apply for the Fall 2024 cohort.  This multidisciplinary graduate certificate program draws on ideas from the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and technology and provides countless opportunities to apply theories in a vast array of museums and cultural institutions on campus, in the region, nationally and around the world.

The MSP curriculum examines the role of museums in society as sites of memory, learning, research, cultural production, public scholarship, civic engagement, and entertainment. The 12-credit certificate program consists of the Museum Studies Seminar (Fall and Winter terms, 6 credits), approved electives (6 credits), and a funded internship.  It prepares students for academic and professional careers in museums, heritage sites, arboretums, botanical gardens, zoos and other living collections, and universities.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2024

Application information can be found here.

Learn more at our upcoming virtual open house!

Zoom meeting ID 915 1170 6281


February 2
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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