Museum Studies



At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, we take pride in our productive civic partnerships, academic excellence, and strong support for students.  The graduate program in Museum Studies showcases the best of an UMSL education.  We offer an MA in History with a concentration in Museum Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.  These degrees prepare students for professional careers in museums, historic sites and societies, cultural agencies, and related organizations.  Our Museum Studies program addresses the most pressing needs of museums and heritage institutions in the 21st century: collaboration and community engagement, digital media and new technologies, and diversity and cross-cultural training.  Our interdisciplinary offerings include courses on the sociocultural, historical, and intellectual foundations of museums; the theory and practice of public history and cultural heritage; professional development and practicums for multiple museum career paths; qualitative and quantitative research methods; digital media; non-profit resource development; community-based research and history; the comparative and cross-cultural study of material culture; and disciplinary methods, professional protocols, and modes of analysis.

The Departments of History; Anthropology, Sociology and Languages; Art and Art History; and the Missouri History Museum collaborate with the St. Louis Mercantile Library; and other historic sites and museums to sustain this innovative program, taught by professors and practicing professionals from museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions.  Our program trains students to advance the new paradigm of museum work and public history that focuses on inclusivity and the relationships between institutions and the communities that they serve.  Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for immediate entry into museum careers in a variety of positions.  

Admission Requirements 
Candidates for graduate work in Museum Studies are accepted for entry during the fall semester.  Prospective students must demonstrate high academic potential.  Typically, we admit only students with at least a 3.2 grade point average in their undergraduate major; most successful applicants have higher grades.  Graduates of Museum Studies have majored in a wide range of disciplines.  Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from former teachers and/or employers, and a sample of their written work.  Applicants must also complete the Museum Studies Supplemental Application, which includes a statement of career intent.  Once you have completed the application, please forward your application and supporting materials to Graduate Admissions,


Applications must be received by the university no later than February 1.