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Museum Studies


Museum Studies


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$437-$1048 C/H




Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Professional and Continuing Studies


Keep Museum Collections Relevant, Audiences Inspired, and Operations Smooth 

Museum professionals are committed to discovery. They serve as curators of the world’s past so it can touch the lives of those in the present. As can be expected, a task this important means that the museum industry is constantly evolving and experiencing new challenges.

The OU Extended Campus Master of Arts - Museum Studies is part of a cutting-edge program designed to prepare today’s museum professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. As technologies develop and museums are faced with new ways to display their collections, museum professionals are tasked with the challenge to keep up. That’s why we are proud to be home to one of very few degrees in the nation to offer comprehensive education for museum operation—and we offer one that can be completed 100% online.

The Museum Studies master's program is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

Degree Topics:

  • Museum collections
  • History and architecture of museums
  • Museum, cultures, and communities 
  • Introduction to museum interpretation
  • Museum management
  • Controversy and the world of the museum 

Course sequence:

    The World of a Museum

    History and Architecture of the Museum

    Museum Management and Leadership

    Museums, Cultures, and Communities

   Collection Management

    Museum Project (Independent Study)

    Historic Preservation

    The House Museum

    Small Museums

    Introduction to Museum Interpretation

    Museum Education

    Museums and Native Cultures

    Controversy and the World of Museum

    Special Problems in Museology

    Exhibit Development

    Technology and the Museum



    100% Online

Admission Deadline:

    December 16, 2020

Next Start Date:

    January 2021



Lead in Today's World

You will get a first-class education from a college ranked in the top tier of education colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our experienced OU faculty will guide you through the program with support from professors of practice.


Academic Excellence

OU’s graduate school experience is built on the idea that our world-class faculty are mixed with professors of practice to provide valuable instruction in a high-quality online learning environment.



Accredited Program

Our Master of Arts - Museum Studies is an accredited, flexible, and affordable degree program designed to help you solve real-world problems faced by museum professionals.


An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

In-state tuition is $274.30 per credit hour, out-of-state tuition is $885.10 per credit hour. In addition, there are mandatory fees of $163 per credit hour for services provided by the college. 

Program Details

The first step to getting your graduate degree from OU Extended Campus is to apply for admission. After making sure you meet the admissions criteria, you are ready to apply.

STEP 1: Review Program Requirements

Graduate programs may have additional application requirements depending on which program you choose. Please review the requirements for specific degree programs here.

STEP 2: Prepare Application Materials

STEP 3: Complete Online Application and Pay Application Fee

Complete the online graduate application form and pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will be reviewed when it is complete and all required materials have been received.

Step 4: Be Admitted and Enroll

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.



Program Contacts:

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Phone: (405) 325-3266
Toll Free: (800) 522-4389