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Certificate Program

Certificate Program in Museum Studies

The Certificate Program in Museum Studies is primarily directed toward graduate students in Art History and the visual arts, but does not exclude students in other fields. The specifically tracked course of study has an emphasis placed primarily on contemporary art.

A student may pursue the Certificate Program in Museum Studies as a program of study in itself, or in combination with a program of study directed toward the achievement of one of the department’s degrees (most commonly either in addition to, or as part of the MA in Art History). A student may, with approval of both the Museum Studies Program and the student’s Project or Thesis Committee, count up to 9 units of coursework toward both the degree and the certificate.

Admission to the program is by permission of the Museum Studies faculty and the head of the Art History Program. Applicants wishing to pursue the Certificate Program in Museum Studies should apply by the School of Art graduate application deadline of January 15th. Applicants will need to choose one of the following options:

  1. Pursuing the Certificate in Museum Studies only (18 units)
  2. Pursuing the MA in Art History (with a chosen specialization) plus the Certificate in Museum Studies (36 units from the MA + an additional 9 units = 45 units)
  3. Pursuing Museum Studies as a Specialization within the MA in Art History degree (36 units)

Fall 2017 and After: Requirements for the Certificate in Museum Studies

A total of 18 units to include:

  • 3 units AH 530 Introduction to Curatorial Practices
  • 3 units AH 531 History of Museums and Exhibitions
  • 3 units AH 545A Exhibition Practicum
  • 3 units AH 545B Exhibition Practicum
  • 3 units AH 597 Seminar in Art History
  • 3 units from AH 547 Historiography OR AH 550 Western Art Theory & Criticism

SOC codes: Certificate in Museum Studies

Students may pursue the certificate as a 'stand-alone' program as it prepares students for gainful employment in a "recognized occupation." The U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) for the Museum Studies Certificate are:

To find out additional information about this professional field, please visit and search the SOC code read the occupational profile for Museum Studies. Or go directly to the profile by following the link listed above.

Program Duration and Costs

The number of units completed per semester, and the time taken to complete certificate requirements determines program duration and cost of the Certificate in Museum Studies. The stand-alone Certificate is customarily completed over 4 semesters. More information on university tuition and fees can be found here:

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