Your Path to a Museum Career

The program is administered through the Anthropology Department and taught off-campus at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) by museum professionals. The program is broad-based and any UW-Milwaukee graduate student may apply. The certificate is designed to supplement a student’s graduate discipline and assumes that each student will have a firm footing in his/her academic field.

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About Museum Studies

The Museum Studies Program was established in 1963 as a cooperative venture between UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Museum. The goal of the program is to provide, in a museum environment, the basic scholarship and functional training to equip the student with the skills necessary to assume professional entry-level museum positions in …

  • museums
  • galleries
  • archives
  • historical societies
  • related institutions

Coursework is structured to develop a high degree of professionalism and responsibility, skills in problem solving, critical thinking and evaluation, writing, oral presentation, decision-making, and teamwork.

The program stresses professional museum standards and ethics and proper care and interpretation of collections while providing the opportunity for the development of expertise and special skills. The program is designed to be practical and realistic.