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 foundation 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?

Many of the courses are offered on-line.  As of the fall 2017 you can earn the Certificate completely online.

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?

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 Degree Audit (show me how). Please contact the Program Director if you need assistance.

Related links:
University of Iowa Collections Coalition