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Master of Arts: Museum Studies

The Museum Studies graduate degree program offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for real-world challenges involved in museum operation and allows you to solve problems from your own perspective.

Courses address museum management procedures, budget administration, exhibit and educational programming, and community interaction. Faculty members are drawn from museums across the country, including two AAM-accredited museums located at the University of Oklahoma – the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

As a museum professional, your drive to pursue and share knowledge is an ongoing journey.

The Master of Arts: Museum Studies is a 33-hour degree program completed 100% online.

Degree Topics Include:

  • Museum management and leadership
  • Controversy and the world of the museum
  • History and architecture of museums

 

  • Museums, cultures, and communities
  • Museum collections
  • Introduction to museum interpretation

The Journal of Museum Studies: Pioneering the Profession

Published by the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies, the Journal of Museum Studies is an e-journal that serves as a publication outlet for students and faculty participating in the college’s museum studies program.

All articles are reviewed by the journal’s editorial board and, where required, by outside evaluators. All publications are published electronically and are available for download on the journal’s webpage.

Published articles deal with all areas of museum studies. Users of the articles are encouraged to circulate the publications on the web to as many interested parties as possible. All articles are copyrighted by the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies.

The College of Liberal Studies Master of Arts: Museum Studies program is designed to accommodate working adults. When a student is admitted into the program – he/she is assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses necessary for completing the degree. 

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  • 33 credit hours required (9 Core / 9 Concentration / 9 Elective / 6 Completion)
  • Recommended enrollments are 6 hours fall and spring semesters, 3 hours in the summer.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is needed for graduation.

9 hours required

LSTD 5003 Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
LSTD 5013 Interdisciplinary Foundation (3 hours)
LSTD 5043 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies OR LSTD 5083 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hours)

9 hours required

LSMS 5113 The World of a Museum (3 hours)*
LSMS 5190 Museum Project (3 hours)

One course from the following may be taken concurrently with LSMS 5113:

LSMS 5133 History and Architecture of Museums (3 hours)
LSMS 5163 Museum Management and Leadership (3 hours)
LSMS 5173 Museums, Cultures, and Communities (3 hours)
LSMS 5183 Museum Collections (3 hours)

*LSMS 5113 is the prerequisite for all other LSMS courses

9 hours required

LSMS 5133 History and Architecture of Museums (3 hours)
LSMS 5163 Museum Management and Leadership (3 hours)
LSMS 5173 Museums, Cultures, and Communities (3 hours)
LSMS 5183 Museum Collections (3 hours)
LSMS 5333 Introduction to Museum Interpretation (3 hours)
LSMS 5423 Controversy and the World of the Museum (3 hours)
LSMS 5700 Advanced Topics in Administrative Leadership (3 hours)
LSHA 5920 Internship (3 hours)
LSTD 5960 Directed Readings in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)

6 hours required

LSTD 5940 Research Project (6 hours)
LSTD 5980 Thesis (6 hours)
Museum Studies elective coursework and written comprehensive examination (6 hours)

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May: 1