The Master of Arts in Museology (Museum Studies) is a 2.5 year program which includes a self-directed summer *internship. Students take foundational museums studies seminars that cover essential elements of museum work, including education and exhibitions. Through Museum Studies courses, students collaborate on actual exhibition design, create an educational program, and work with local archives and museums. Electives and disciplinary focus courses provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study and specialization beyond the Museum Studies department, allowing students to embed their academic interests in a museum studies framework. * International students on the F1/J1 Visa may not begin the internship until the formal CPT process is initiated and approved by the University of Florida International Center. (Paid and unpaid/volunteer, part-time and full-time, on-campus and off campus all require formal ADVANCE approval.)
The MA program is flexible enough to allow intensive interdisciplinary focus while providing a solid grounding in museum studies theory. Students complete a full-time summer internship for credit and write a thesis or project in lieu of thesis, exiting the program with a strong portfolio and practical experience.
Students are encouraged to pursue a concurrent graduate certificate. Certificates are offered in dozens of areas of specialization, including Curatorial Studies, Digital Humanities, Historic Preservation, Latin American Studies, and Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies.
The School of Art + Art History Graduate Handbook is available here.
We offer a graduate certificate available to any student pursuing a graduate degree at UF. This 15-credit certificate requires an internship which comprises three of the total credits.
Students complete a graduate certificate in Museum Studies for many reasons. They may wish to better understand museum professional practices within their field, to expand their employment options, or collaborate with museums in the future of their careers. The certificate is also available as a stand-alone option for students not currently in a degree program.
* International students on the F1/J1 Visa may not begin the internship until the formal CPT process is initiated and approved by the University of Florida International Center. (Paid and unpaid/volunteer, part-time and full-time, on-campus and off campus all require formal ADVANCE approval.)