Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

The program is listed and administered through the Anthropology Department at UW-Milwaukee and taught off-campus at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) by museum professionals. All applicants to the Museum Studies certificate program must comply with a background check as required by Milwaukee Public Museum policy. Individuals with criminal records cannot be admitted to the program. The program is broad-based and any UW-Milwaukee graduate student may apply. Students from all over the country and from a wide variety of disciplines have participate in the program.

The program is designed to supplement a student’s graduate degree requirements and it is anticipated that each student will have a firm footing in his/her academic field to support the course of museum study.

The Museum Studies Program provides an overview of museum work, including…

  • philosophical and contemporary issues
  • museum history and methodology
  • collections care and management
  • curation
  • interpretation
  • preventive conservation
  • exhibition

Regular individual academic advising and career planning are important features of the program. The majority of graduates of the program find a paid position in a museum within one year of graduation. Graduates of the program have assumed responsibilities in museums and related institutions across the country as directors, curators, collections managers, registrars, educators, and more.

Certificate Program Requirements

The certificate program consists of five courses (15 credits) at the graduate level and confers a Certificate upon successfully completing the program in conjunction with a UWM graduate degree. The four core courses must be taken in the following sequence, while the fifth course may be taken at any time after the completion of Anthro 721:

  • Anthro 720 – History and Theory of Museums, 3 credits
  • Anthro 721 – Administration and Organization of Museums, 3 credits
  • Anthro 722 – Museum Exhibits, 3 credits
  • Anthro 723 – Museum Curation, 3 credits
  • Anthro 724 – Internship or approved elective course

The fifth course requirement (Anthro 724) can be satisfied through supplementary course work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee or through completion of a 150-hour internship at the MPM or other approved institution. Anthropology, Art History, History and Educational Psychology all offer courses that supplement the Museum Studies Curriculum and fulfill the required elective. The structure and scheduling of the coursework requires at least two years for completion, since each course is taught only once a year and the four courses must be taken in sequence.

The Museum Studies Certificate Program must be completed in conjunction with a graduate program in an academic discipline (e.g. Anthropology, History, Art History or Educational Psychology). To enter the certificate program students should apply directly to the UWM Graduate School in their academic discipline.