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

Faculty Exhibition, Department of Visual Art
July 28-September 24
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

In the Shadow of Cortes: From Veracruz to Mexico City
September 1-December 15
Spencer Research Library
1450 Rosebud Lane, University of Kansas campus

The Art of Conversation: Segregation and Civil Rights
Friday September 30 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

Art 360: The Museum at Work
Saturday, October 1 | 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lens 2, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

The Artist is IN! Timberworks Toys
Sunday, October 2 | 10:00-5:00 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Explorations in Archaeology 
Advanced Imaging of Saudi Arabian Petroglyphs: How Science Informs Art
Lecture by Dr. Sandra Olsen, Curator, Biodiversity Institute Division of Archaeology
​Thursday, October 6 | 4:30 p.m.
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Spencer Museum of Art Reopening Weekend
October 15 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
October 16 | Noon-4 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street, University of Kansas campus

Artifacts and Allegiances 
Tuesday October 18 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.
309 Auditorium, Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street, University of Kansas campus

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

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