Ohio University

Museum Studies

Kennedy Museum of Art Exterior 2018

 

Program Overview

The museum field continues to expand because of the ongoing process of collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting historically significant items. This certificate adds value to a variety of degree programs in multiple disciplines by providing a foundation for students interested in working in museums, in educational and interpretive centers, or in similar organizations promoting public outreach and education. In addition, the program provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Museum Studies. The program emphasizes the visitor experience throughout all aspects of museum decision-making and planning processes. Students in the program will learn about the inner operations of nonprofit and arts and cultural heritage organizations; have an opportunity to work directly with objects and artifacts; become immersed in current museum methods and cultural heritage literature; and learn about networking and resume-building opportunities. This certificate is typically completed in two semesters. 

Learning Outcomes 

Students will be able to:

  • Design professional museum displays. 
  • Create appropriate, educational, interpretive materials for museum visitors. 
  • Properly handle and display objects, artifacts and other museum holdings. 
  • Articulate how museums collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit items. 

Admissions Information

This certificate is intended for degree-seeking graduate students. Transfer credits may not be applied to the certificate.  

Museum Studies Certificate Requirements (pdf)

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The Museum Studies Certificate Program helps prepare students to work in museums, educational and interpretive centers, and in similar organizations promoting public outreach and education. In addition, the program provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in Museum Studies. 

To Apply & For More Information   

To apply email your application materials listed above to pauleye@ohio.edu. For more information on the Museum Studies Certificate, contact Edward Pauley, Director Kennedy Museum of Art, at pauleye@ohio.edu or by phone (740) 597-1811.