Interview for the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University

The first interview for the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University. This individual attended the GWU in 2014 and currently works at an art museum. Huge thank you to him for providing answers to some additional questions about his experiences in graduate school. 

Why did you choose the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University?

I chose GWU because it is known as the best in the field. Their faculty and alumni network is great for networking.

What particular skills were taught in the program?

The program has three different focuses: collections management, museum management and leadership, or exhibition design.
Was the program a balance of theory and application or do you feel it was heavy on one or the other? Were you able to choose how much education you received in either?
The program is somewhat heavy in theory. It is augmented by it’s two required internships. In the collections track, Collections I is all theory, whereas Collections II is a mix of theory and practice. Both Collections I and II as well as the two internships are required in order to graduate. The program is roughly 15 credits of required Museum Studies courses and 15 credits of electives in your chosen field (i.e. art, history, zoology, american studies, etc.)

Did you complete a thesis or capstone project? If so, what was your topic?

I I did not complete a thesis. The program requires the completion of two internships that have accompanying final projects, as well as a comprehensive exam at the end of the graduate program.

Where were you and your classmates in your career? Just out of undergrad, or coming from an entry-level museum position, or coming from outside of the field, etc.?

The program has students from all walks of life. Just out of undergrad, trying to advance in their museum career, or making a career change.

Related, who would you recommend your program for?

The GWU program works best for those that have had no experience working in museums in the past.

Was housing provided for grad students or did you find your own housing and was it a challenge?

Housing is not provided. DC has some of the highest rent prices in the nation.
Did you end up living outside D.C then? How was your commute?
   I did end up living outside of DC. My commute to class was about an hour via public transportation.

Any advice for those looking into graduate school and beginning a career in museums?

The only thing I would impress upon those looking into grad school is that they need to be realistic about career opportunities and pay. Getting a job in this field is extremely difficult and tend not to pay well. Grad school is incredibly expensive, and GWU offers little financial aid, and debt could become a crippling thing to a student.

Thank you again for providing these answers! If there are additional questions you would like answered about the GWU Museum Studies Program or other graduate programs in the future, let me know. If you would like more information on this program, head over to the blog post or their website

University of Leicester, Museum Studies

Updated on January 18, 2017, to incorporate additional responses.

This post is the review for the University of Leicester’s Museum Studies Program. Though there are various programs you can attend here, they are all within the same department and responses from these various programs will be included in this one post. So far, there has been 15 reviews of the Museum Studies program as a whole: five reviews for the distance learning MA, and ten for degrees earned on-campus.

To get started, here are some quick facts about the University of Leicester and its Museum Studies program:

  • It’s pronounced Less-ter
  • There are 2 museum-centered degree options on campus, Museum Studies or Art Museum and Gallery Studies. Off-campus degree options are Museum Studies, Heritage and Interpretation, and Socially Engaged Practice
  • ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world by Times Higher Education (found here)
  • Offers a 10% discount if you got your undergraduate degree at Leicester OR a 10% discount if you are related to a Leicester graduate.

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Interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program

Interview for the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

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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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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