Wright State University

This is the review for Wright State University’s graduate program in History with a concentration in Public History. For starters, here are some facts about the program and university:

  • The concentration is designed by those interested in working in archives and/or museums. Students can focus on either archives or museums studies or are able to take a little of both, according to the Director, Dr. Drew Swanson.
  • The History program offers graduate tuition scholarships for incoming graduate students and graduate assistantships for second-year graduate students.
  • Students are required to complete a capstone project in order to graduate
  • History professors teach the required classes while adjuncts who work in their field (archives or museums) teach the specialized courses
  • Alumni currently have positions all over the U.S. from the National Archives in Maryland to the Jamestown Sklallam Tribe in Washington

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Eastern Illinois University

Please note: this program is closing after its 2017 class graduates. Source.

Updated on February 19, 2017 to incorporate additional responses.

This is the review for the Historical Administration program at Eastern Illinois University. Here are some quick facts about the program to get you started:

  • Requires a six-month internship and research paper
  • There have been 370 graduates from this program since 1975
  • The program offers five to nine graduate assistantships per year that include full tuition waiver and monthly stipend

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Syracuse University

This is the review for the Museum Studies program at Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts. If you weren’t previously aware, here are some facts about the university and its Museum Studies program:

  • The program has a Museums and Contemporary Practices MAYmester course where students spend a week in D.C. or NYC taking private tours and meeting with museum professionals.
  • There are 161 graduate students enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts with 61% identifying as females
  • GRE is not required, however, if you submit them, they will be reviewed.

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University of Washington

Updated on March 12, 2017, to incorporate additional responses and information from the Student Experience Coordinator at the University of Washington.

This is the review for the University of Washington’s Museology degree program. It is a two-year, full-time, on-campus program. Here are some other facts about the program and university:

  • Offers the country’s only evaluation specialization
  • A thesis or capstone project is required to graduate
  • Partners with the American Alliance of Museum’s Curators Committee to organize the Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition for 2017 and the Kirkland Arts Center every year for one graduate student to create an exhibition. You can read more about it here.
  • 44% of students qualified for work study in the 2015-2016 academic year
  • No higher, out-of-state tuition rate!

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Kent State University

This is the review of Kent State University, School of Library and Information Sciences, Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Museum Studies.

Here are some facts about the university and program:

  • Though this review covers just the MLIS degree program and a specific concentration, the school offers a variety of MA combinations with the MLIS degree in addition to various concentrations.
  • Ranked #18 by U.S. News & World Report on the list Best Graduate Schools for Library and Information Studies in 2013
  • Most of the MLIS courses are found online
  • The program has some pretty cool  financial aid offers such as graduate assistantships for full tuition remission plus a small stipend as well as scholarships and fellowships

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University of Missouri-St. Louis

The following is the review for the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). This university offers a MA in History with a concentration  and graduate certificate in Museum Studies. The certificate is included in the two-year, full time, program.

To begin, here are some facts about the program:

  • UMSL partners with various institutions in St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden, and St. Louis Zoo. Students complete assistantships at other institutions in the area such as the World Chess Hall of Fame and Campbell House Museum
  • There are scholarships and graduate assistantships specifically for the Museum Studies concentration
  • The program requires a separate museum studies application
  • According to Dr. Maris Gillette, the director of the Museum Studies program, of the last two graduating classes, 83% of graduates from the program found a job in their field in three months, 100% in six months.

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