About Museum Studies at KU

The KU Museum Studies program offers a comprehensive overview of museums and the museum profession. Students master core components of museum practice, gain solid grounding in current issues facing museums, and engage in research to develop new and innovative approaches in the field.

The master's degree in Museum Studies offers personal attention in a small, selective program, with all courses taught by experienced faculty members and museum professionals from leading institutions. As an independent program within a major research university, Museum Studies at KU enables students to develop individualized education plans tailored to their interests. In addition to disciplines such as history, anthropology, paleontology, and art history, students are encouraged to take courses in fields as varied as public administration, education, or design. The graduate certificate program builds on this and enables students to integrate knowledge of museum studies into their own academic disciplines or professional training.

The program is designed to reflect the needs of the museum profession. Graduates gain the skills and experience they need to move immediately into positions of responsibility in the field, whether in collections, public engagement, or administration. The KU Museum Studies program has a loyal, enthusiastic network of alumni eager to help new graduates and we have a strong record of placement across the nation.



Why Choose KU Muse?

Students in the Introduction to Conservation course

Our students say it best...

"The Museum Studies program can be catered to how you want it. Students can choose to focus on what interests them, and there are many opportunities both in school and out to make the most of a student’s two years at the University of Kansas."

"The small class size allows you to get to know everyone in the program."

"The staff and the students all care about helping one another develop the skills and experience needed to mold you into a strong museum professional. Also, all the students, first- and second-years, work together to network, exchange experiences, and have plenty of fun doing it."


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Museum Events

All Members Show 2016
"A Southwest Landscape," Artwork by Maria S. Martin
Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue
Lawrence Art Guild, August 17-31 2016

All Members Show 2016-Gallery Reception
Final Friday August 26, 2016 5-9 pm
Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Avenue
Lawrence Art Guild

Faculty Exhibition Reception, Department of Visual Art
August 26, 5-9 pm
Lawrence Arts Center

Faculty Exhibition, Department of Visual Art
July 28-September 24
Lawrence Arts Center

Talking Tolkien: The Return of the King
August 26, 6 pm
National World War I Museum and Memorial
Kansas City, MO

The Artist is IN! Hang ups KC
Carolyn Adams & Kristi Jurgensen
​August 27, 11-4 pm
​The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO

In the Shadow of Cortes: From Veracruz to Mexico City
Spencer Research Library
September 1-December 15, 2016

Vintage Baseball
September 17 and 18, 12-2 pm
Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

13th Annual Bald Eagle Rendezvous
September 22-24, 2016
Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton
Kansas Historical Society

American Indian Cultural Celebration
September 25, 10-4 pm
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO

First National African American Quilt Convention
July 12-15, 2017
Lawrence, Kansas

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