Requirements for the KU Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies
The course of study leading to the Master of Arts in Museum Studies comprises 36 semester credit hours at the graduate level. Each entering student enrolls in the Foundational Museum Studies Core, and then, with guidance of academic advisors and program staff, crafts an individualized, multidisciplinary, program of study in which they master both general and specific topics appropriate to their interests and relevant to current museum standards. In addition to courses in topics such as collections management, museum education, exhibits, and museum management, students can take advantage of the resources of a major university to gain skills in fields as diverse as scenography, learning theory, audience evaluation, non-profit leadership, psychology, and public administration, among others. Students are also able – and encouraged – to take courses in academic disciplines such as history, anthropology, art history, natural sciences, and visual arts. Museum Studies students have access to the staff and resources of several acclaimed museums located on the KU campus, as well as to museums in the region. Many of the courses are taught by museum professionals who work in institutions locally, as well as in Kansas City and Topeka.
The Program has six elements:
1. The Museum Studies Core - 9 cr.
2. Museum Professional Areas - 9 cr.
3. Museum Conceptual Domains - 6 cr.
4. Electives - 9 cr.
5. Museum Experience (Internship) - 3 cr.
6. Final Product (Research)
M.A. Advisor and Committee
Advising for entering students is provided by the Director of the Museum Studies program, but by the end of the first year, and preferably sooner, students should have chosen an M.A. advisor and committee. The M.A. committee must have a minimum of 3 members. The chair and at least one other member of this committee must be from the graduate faculty. Committee members may, with department and university approval, be appointed from other universities or institutions to serve on specific graduate student committees. As soon as the committee has been formed, the student must submit, in writing, the names of members to the Museum Studies director for approval. After approval, this information is placed in the student's file.
To change the committee chair the student must petition the Museum Studies Executive Committee. The student may change other committee members with the consent of the committee chair. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Museum Studies director, in writing, of these changes. Any faculty member has the right to refuse to serve on any M.A. committee.