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Certificate in Museum Studies

• Enrollment in any graduate degree program required for this certificate.

The Certificate in Museum Studies is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the museum world.  It must be completed in conjunction with a UWM graduate degree program.

Students in the M.S. in Anthropology must complete a minimum of 39 credits to earn the certificate and the master's degree. Those interested in attaining a Certificate in Museum Studies must indicate this in their application to the program. Students deciding to pursue the Certificate after having started the M.S. program must apply in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline for Fall admission. In addition to the 15 credits required for the certificate, the following courses and credits are required:

Core courses (12 Credits)
Anthro 801
Anthro 802
Anthro 803
Anthro 804
Methods courses (3 Credits)
Any from one of the four concentrations
Advanced seminar (3 Credits)
Any from one of the four concentrations
Electives (6 Credits)

For students in other UWM graduate degree programs, six credits required for the certificate may count toward degree requirements, subject to approval of the home degree program.

The certificate program consists of five courses (15 credits) at the graduate level. The four core courses must be taken in the following sequence, while the fifth course may be taken at any time after the completion of Anthro 721:

Anthro 720 History and Theory of Museums
Anthro 721 Museum Collections Management
Anthro 722 Exhibit Practicum
Anthro 723 Museum Curation and Interpretation
Anthro 724 or approved elective course

The fifth course requirement (Anthro 724) can be satisfied through supplementary course work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or through completion of a 150-hour internship at the Milwaukee Public Museum or other approved institution. Anthropology, Art History, History, and Educational Psychology all offer courses that supplement the Museum Studies curriculum and fulfill the required elective. The structure and scheduling of the course work requires at least two years for completion, since each course is taught only once a year and the four courses must be taken in sequence.

To receive the certificate, students must attain an overall GPA of 3.00 in the Anthro 720-724 sequence, and successfully complete all other degree requirements. There is a three-year time limit for completion of the certificate courses. The Museum Studies Certificate will be issued in conjunction with the graduate degree and posted on the student's transcript.


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