Museum Studies - Frequently asked questions about the Certificate

What Can a Student Do with a Certificate in Museum Studies?

A certificate prepares students for internships and entry-level positions in museums or for advanced studies in graduate school.  Employment in zoos and botanical gardens, historical houses and science centers, local, state and federal parks and monuments, and libraries and archives is also possible.  In large institutions a graduate with a BA/BS degree combined with a certificate may find employment as a subordinate to the head of department (e.g., assistant collection manager, education coordinator, exhibit artist); in smaller institutions, the same credentials may enable entry with a higher title (e.g., curator, exhibit manager, director).

Who can take the Certificate in Museum Studies?

The Certificate Program is open to undergraduate students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and non-traditional students who are not enrolled in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. Graduate students are welcome to take Museum Studies courses, but currently the Certificate is only offered at the undergraduate level.

What is involved?

A total of 18 s.h. of work is required for the Museum Studies Certificate, including 12 s.h. of foudation courses, 3 s.h. elective course(s) and a 3 s.h. internship. A maximum of 6 s.h. from another major or minor can be applied to the certificate.

How long will it take?

It is possible to complete the Certificate requirement within one academic year.

Can I take courses on-line?

Some, but not all of the individual courses are offered on-line.

Can I include courses I've already taken or prior internships?

Application of previous courses and internship are considered on an individual basis.

How do I apply?

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Officially register online through ISIS. It is important that every student pursuing the Museum Studies certificate register through ISIS. Here are the instructions for registering:

  • Go to the ISIS log in page
  • Log in
  • Go to the Student Records Page
  • Open the Programs of Study and Advisor link
  • Use the pull down menu in the Add a certificate box at the bottom of the screen to select Museum Studies CER.
  • Click the Add a certificate to your record button.

Remember: only undergraduate students with a minimum 2.0 GPA and non-traditional students who are not enrolled in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa can register for the Program.

Graduating?

Before applying to graduate from the Museum Studies Certificate, you should confirm that you have fulfilled all the requirements using the ISIS Degree Audit (show me how). Please contact the Program Director if you need assistance.

Related links:

UI Campus Museum Collective
University of Iowa Collections Coalition