Museum Studies

Program Courses

To earn the Museum Studies certificate, students must complete the three Core courses. "The Exhibit" course is optional and geared more to professionals at smaller institutions who need specific exhibit design know-how.


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Professional Development Programs

Museum Studies
MUSEUM 371-DL Successful Museum Management *Core Course

This interactive course explores the organization, governance and management of museums, with a focus on real-world problem solving. We consider the role of the board, the museum president, staff and volunteers. Topics include strategic planning, organizational structure and development, fundraising, marketing, collections management, exhibit development and design, evaluation and museum finances. Students, instructor and guest museum lecturers together critically examine current issues in the museum world, such as technological impacts, funding strategies, relevance to new audiences, virtual museums and economic impacts.


With guidance from museum professionals, students take on real projects at real museums. Past projects have ranged from marketing plans to volunteer recruitment strategies to exhibit development to retail planning. For this on-line session, students are encouraged to participate in a live weekly webinar with the instructor, guest museum experts and fellow students. This session will be Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. central daylight time. Those who can’t join live will access the webinar recording. We will offer a few weekend and evening field trips for those in the Chicago area, which will be made available via video for all students. The instructor offers live online “office hours” to answer questions and help students keep up with the brisk pace of this interactive course and its practical applications. Get ready to have fun, network with museum professionals, and either advance your museum career or explore whether a museum career is right for you.

Additional Information:

This course is offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Fall 2017 Sec #50 (371-DL)

Course Materials:

Course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Day Time Building
09/26/17 - 11/28/17 Optional Sync Tu
Instructor Location Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Closed 18153