Interview with Betsy Deiterman for Texas Tech University

This is the first interview discussing the program at Texas Tech University. Thank you, Betsy, for providing some insight into your graduate school experience. Betsy graduated in 2015 and currently works as the Volunteer and Group Coordinator at a science museum.

Why did you choose Texas Tech University?
Native Texan. Preferred to go to a Texas school. The only other option at the time was Baylor in Waco, a private school ($$$) vs public, and I didn’t want to attend Baylor.

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Interview with Kate Warfield for the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Kate graduated with an M.A. in History and a concentration in Museum Studies in 2013. Currently, she works as a Collection Specialist for a history museum. Thank you, Kate, for providing this look into your graduate school experience!

 

Why did you choose the University of Missouri-St. Louis?

I choose UMSL for a few reasons, but the most important reason to me was that they placed me into an assistantship with a museum partner in the community.  I was given the opportunity to work with one-on-one with a curator that has since become a professional role model at the Missouri History Museum on meaningful exhibit work.  It gave me years of experience and helped me make connections in the museum world that are still beneficial to me today – all with the added benefit and helping me pay for school.  It really was the best option for me.

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University of Illinois at Chicago

This is the review for the MA Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you didn’t know already, here are some facts about the university and the program:

  • The program does not require the GRE
  • The program requires students to complete a thesis or capstone project
  • The program partners with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Gallery 400
  • UIC is among the nation’s top five most diverse campuses

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University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Updated on March 3, 2018 to incorporate additional responses.

 

This is the review of the History program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. For starters, here are some facts about the program and the university:

  • The degree offered at UNCG is an M.A. in History with a concentration in Museum Studies and is a 36 credit degree.
  • Graduates of the program automatically become members of the Museum Studies/Historic Preservation Graduate Student Group (MSHP) which organizes community and recreational activities for the group.
  • The GRE is required to apply and there is a required capstone project to graduate.

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Interview with Amanda Vtipilson for Johns Hopkins University

This is an interview with Amanda Vtipilson who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. She currently works as the Curator of Education at a history museum. Thank you, Amanda, for providing these insights into your graduate school experience.

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins University?

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University of Oklahoma

This is the review for the Master of Arts in Museum Studies at the University of Oklahoma. For starters, here are some facts about the university and program:

  • The degree is entirely online though they offer on-campus classes depends on the number of students enrolled at each location
  • The University of Oklahoma of Liberal Studies publishes the Journal of Museum Studies, that from the sound of it, gives students and professors the chance to publish.
  • The program is a 33 credit course and requires the completion of a thesis or research project or a museum elective with an exam at the end

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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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Baylor University

This is the review for Baylor Universtiy’s M.A. in Museum Studies program. Here are some quick facts about the University and its program:

  • Baylor University is the “oldest continually operating university in Texas”
  • As of Fall 2016, there are 2,611 graduate students enrolled at Baylor
  • The university offers scholarships and loans as well graduate assistantships through the Museum Studies program.
  • Baylor University is the home to the Mayborn Museum Complex and the Martin Museum of Art

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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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