Why Museum Studies?
According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the market for archivists, curators and museum workers will grow 13% between 2016-2026. That’s faster than the national average for other occupations. At KU, we’ll make sure you’re ready to enter the job market and be on your way to a fulfilling career. But don’t take our word for it … Our students say it best.
Why Choose KU MUSE?
"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."
What drew you to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas?
“The flexibility of the program, as it allows you to craft your degree to fit your needs and career goals.” – Abby Anderson (2014)
"The Museum Studies staff and students were very welcoming when I came for a visit before attending KU, which was wonderful. But I was also really drawn to the program’s multi-faceted course load, which allows students to have their own course of study in their short time here as graduate students." – Alissa Meehan (2015)
"I was drawn to the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas because it offered everything I would need to start my career in museums. The courses are beneficial and enlightening. The campus and surrounding area museums offer many opportunities to apply what you have learned, something that was important when deciding to come to KU." – Jojo Palko (2015)
What do you like about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas?
"In class, I enjoy being able to practice what I've learned through hands-on projects such as making tour manuals, conducting visitor research, and putting together actual exhibits. Outside of class, I like how everyone in the program is really close. I've done everything from going dancing with MUSE people to carving pumpkins with them." – Jilliene Jaeger (2015)
"I feel like both 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." – Abby Anderson (2014)
"I like that our professors are primarily professionals in the field. I feel that we get a very practical knowledge from them that we couldn’t get from someone who isn’t in a museum. Also, I feel like we get a lot of support from staff and faculty for various pursuits. They really want us to succeed, and that makes for a good experience at KU." – Sarah Adams (2013)
"The thing I like most about the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas is its flexibility in allowing a variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements." – Erik Radowski (2015)
What was your favorite/most memorable experience in this program?
"My most memorable experience in this program is the education program at the Watkins Museum we did last December. (However, my favorite would probably be unexpectedly meeting other MUSE students at a local bar and taking a picture with a curling stone.)" – Erik Radowski (2015)
"My internships have been great experiences for me. In my internship at the Spencer Museum of Art, I took a trip to New York City where I got to explore some amazing art, for sale and in museums." – Katie Sparks (2013)
"I have made better friends in the short amount of time that I have attended KU than I did during four years of my undergrad. It’s nice to be around people that love museums as much as I do." – Brittany Thurman (2014)
"I love the connections outside of class in MSO. We are able to take what we learn from class to go on field trips to learn more and interact with each other to build relationships." – Sarah Adams (2013)