Museum Studies Online Certificate Program
The Museum Studies Certificate unites history, theory and practical learning in a curriculum that prepares participants for professional or volunteer careers in administration, collections and specialty disciplines within museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and botanical gardens.
We offer core courses online every quarter, so you can complete your Museum Studies Certificate on your own terms!
Classes begin the week of September 19. Register today to reserve your seat!
Museum Studies Online Certificate
The Museums Studies Certificate is offered entirely online, with the exception of the elective exhibit course. Online students will visit their local museums and report back to the class, giving a wide-ranging perspective on museums throughout the U.S. Students use our Canvas learning environment to follow along in the class via lectures and/or discussion boards. In order to access the online materials, you should have these minimum system requirements.
Through lectures, discussions, guest speakers and field trips to area museums, students learn about:
- History of museums
- How collections and community inform museum missions
- Ethical challenges
- Building audiences
- Maximizing learning opportunities
- Fundraising, finance and management
- Organizational development
This program is useful for a wide-range of careers inside museums as well as those preparing for a graduate program in museum studies.
- Collections Manager
- Pre-Graduate School
To earn a certificate of completion in Museum Studies, students must successfully complete three courses. Students typically graduate in one year. Classes can be taken in any order.
The required courses are:
- Museum Origins & Issues
- Successful Museum Management in Today’s Environment
- Learning in Museums
Optional Two-day Exhibit Symposium
The Exhibit: from Concept to Opening and Beyond
As a supplement to the certificate program, or as a stand-alone experience for museum professionals and those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the exhibit process, this course presents an in-depth study of the components that make a successful museum exhibition, whether permanent or temporary. Topics include: concept, research, conservation, publications, design, lighting, budget, loans, advertising, sponsorship, education and visitor satisfaction, with subject-specialist guest speakers. This course is only offered in-person at our Chicago campus during the summer term.