Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice

Museums are institutions that present, preserve, and inform about virtually every realm of human experience.  Aspiring museum professionals must acquire significant knowledge and skills in order to establish a successful career in the museum world. Wayne State's Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice is designed to support and advance careers in museums and other cultural institutions by providing students with a grounding in the essentials of museum practice, operations, and ethics. 

The program is available to current Wayne State University master's or doctoral graduate students in any department  who are interested in complementing their discipline-based graduate studies. It is also available to people not currently enrolled in a Wayne State graduate program who wish to pursue the Certificate in Museum Practice as a free-standing credential. Admission requirements are detailed here.  

Program Information

Students must complete 12 graduate-level credits in no more than three years, including two required courses: ANT 5600 Museum Studies (offered annually in fall semester) and ANT 7422 Museum Practicum (offered annually in spring/summer semester). Students will also select two electives from a list of course options in Anthropology and allied fields; one of the elective courses must be at the 7000-level. 

The electives are bundled into five different areas of museum practice. Students have the option of pursuing a track or creating their own coursework plan in consultation with the Certificate Director, Dr. Andrew Maske. The five optional tracks are: Object Research & Curation, Collections Management, Exhibit Design, Museum Development, and Museum Education. The five tracks are designed to provide students the flexibility and opportunity to gain greater expertise in the specific area of museum work in which they are most interested. 

Current graduate students at Wayne State may be able to count up to 9 credits from the Graduate Certificate towards the coursework requirements for their degree. Such arrangements should be considered in consultation with the student's Director of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid

Currently, there is no financial support associated with the Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice. However, graduate students who receive funding as part of a Wayne State graduate degree program may apply that funding towards Certificate courses. 

For More Information

Contact Dr. Andrew Maske, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Museum Practice or Dr. Yuson Jung, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Anthropology

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