Interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program

Interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

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The first interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) and the Museum Masters Review as a whole! This individual attended the CGP in 2002 and now works as an Executive Director at a small art museum. Huge thank you to her for providing answers to some additional questions about her experiences in graduate school. 

Why did you choose the Cooperstown Graduate School?

I wanted a program that was specifically focused on museums and museum management, covering all aspects of museum work. I also really liked the practical aspect of it. Most of the programs I investigated were very specific to a certain kind of museum or didn’t offer anything nearly as comprehensive.

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George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Updated on November 29, 2016

This is the review for the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University (GWU) based on 16 responses. GWU offers two entirely separate museum related master’s degrees, Museum Studies and Museum Education. If you would like to learn more about their Museum Education Program go here. If you are looking for information on the Museum Studies Program, continue reading.

To begin, here are some facts about GWU and its Museum Studies Program:

  • was established in 1976
  • fellowships are offered specific to the Museum Studies Program. There are partial scholarships, awarded for incoming students in the fall semester only, and must submit the application by January 5th
  • offers a program called “Grad2Grad” with the highlighted benefit of 10% tuition discount for GWU undergraduates from 2015 and 2016. You can read more about it here.
  • Besides the MA in Museum Studies, a Campus-Based Museum Studies Certificate, and Distance Education Certificate* is also available.

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George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Updated January 18, 2017, to incorporate additional responses.

This is the review for the Museum Education Program at George Washington University (GWU) based on six responses. GWU offers two entirely separate museum related master’s degrees, Museum Studies and Museum Education. If you would like to learn more about their Museum Studies Program go here. If you are looking for information on the Museum Education Program, continue reading.

To start here are some facts about GWU and the Museum Education Program offered there:

  • application deadline is March 1st but if you would like to be considered for scholarships, the deadline is January 15th. As long as you submit by this date, you are considered for half-tuition merit scholarships
  • the degree is a Master of Arts in Teaching
  • the graduate school has a Twitter (@gwGSEHD)
  • the program is only 14 months long and begins in the summer
  • only 10-15 students are accepted a year
  • the GRE is not required

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Quick Update

Thank you everyone for the responses and support! I’m excited to have so many and please keep them coming. I plan on covering at least a program per week and featuring alumni and possibly current students from the program. I will also be updating previous posts as I receive more responses. I will be posting about the graduate program at George Washington University this Friday, so stay tuned!

State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta

Updated 9/26/2016

This is the review of The Cooperstown Graduate Program based on 24 responses.

For some context, here are some quick facts about The Cooperstown Graduate Program:

  • The Cooperstown Graduate Program is an academic division of SUNY Oneonta
  • approximately 15 students are accepted into The Cooperstown Graduate Program per year
  • on average, graduates have a 90-100% success rate in finding a job within 12 months after graduation
  • there are 4 full-time faculty with additional adjunct professors teaching about 30 students
  • partnered with the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA)
  • part-time assistantships are available as well as grants and scholarships

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University of Maryland

The review of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Maryland.

This post is for the Library and Information Science program offered at the University of Maryland (UMD).

Here are some facts about the University of Maryland graduate school and its Information and Library Sciences program:

  • Information and Library Sciences at UMD is ranked 10 by US News & World Report
  • The overall average age of graduate students in the Fall 2015 semester was 29
  • 386 master’s students are enrolled in the College of Information Science. There are three master’s programs available in this school as well as a PhD program.
  • 37.1% of the Fall 2015 overall graduate student population (3,295) were awarded assistantships

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University of Oregon

Arts and Administration program at the University of Oregon

The review of the Arts and Administration program at the University of Oregon.

Here are some quick facts about the University of Oregon and their museum-related program:

  • 3,200 graduate students at U of O, 50% are master’s students
  • 1,500 graduate students are awarded Graduate Teaching Fellowships which includes teaching and research assistantships
  • 83% of those fellowships go to doctoral students, 31% to master’s students and 2% to law students.
  • does not require a GRE to attend
  • named one of the best colleges for LBGTQ students by BestColleges.com

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