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Q:  How is KU’s Museum Studies Program ranked nationally?
A:  There is no system of national rankings for graduate programs in museum studies. KU does have a long history of awarding degrees in museum studies and a proven track record in placing its graduates in positions all over the country (and the world).

Q: What size is your program?
A: We enroll about 10 new students each year. We make an effort to strike a balance between being small enough to provide individual attention and guidance while being large enough to have a diverse student body.

Q: How selective is your program?
A:  We admit applicants who will flourish in our academically challenging program. In the past several years we have admitted between one-quarter and one-third of students who applied.

Q: What is the job outlook for museum professionals?
A:  There is good news to report! Research indicates that jobs for museum technicians, conservators, archivists, and curators will grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022.

Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: The deadline is January 15. However, if you have a reason why you cannot meet this deadline, please contact the director, Dr. Peter H. Welsh (phwelsh@ku.edu).

Q: When are admission decisions sent out?
A: We try to send out our decisions around the end of March.

Q: What are your GRE score requirements?
A:  We don’t have minimum GRE score requirements. We want to admit students who would be a good fit for our program, so we assess each applicant’s file holistically. GRE scores are just one piece of information we consider.

Q: What is the department code for submitting GRE scores?
A:  There is not a department code for Museum Studies, so you can use 5101 for Interdisciplinary Studies or 5199 for Any Department Not Listed. The institution code for KU is 6871.

Q: Can I transfer credits from an M.A. program at another university toward Museum Studies M.A. requirements?
A:  Under certain circumstances, students can transfer up to 6 hours of appropriate graduate credit toward their Museum Studies M.A. degree. Courses counted toward the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree may not be transferred. For more information about transfer credit, please visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences website.

Q: Can I visit KU if I’m interested in applying to the Museum Studies Program?
A: Absolutely! We’re delighted to talk with prospective students in person. Our program staff – Brandy Ernzen, program coordinator, and Lauren Chaney, graduate academic advisor – can help with arrangements and set up meetings with faculty and students. Please contact our office if you’d like to schedule a visit (museumstudies@ku.edu; 785-864-4543).


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources. Free to all educators.
 

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