Program Introduction

For more than twenty years, the Museum Studies Program at Baylor University has offered a MA in Museum Studies. Students study the history and philosophy of different types of museums and develop the skills necessary for museum administration, museum education, collections management and care, archival management, and exhibit design. For their capstone experience, students have three options: internship, professional project, or thesis. The program admits 8 to 10 students each year. Baylor graduates may be found working at a variety of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions across the United States. Graduate and undergraduate minors are also available for students in cognate fields.

Degrees Offered

  • Museum Studies Degree, Certificate, or Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Digital Media
  • Historical Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

Graduate assistantships
Tuition waivers

Deadline To Apply

Feb. 15

Internship Requirements

Although an internship is not required, students may elect to complete an internship in lieu of a professional project or thesis. Those students who select the internship option will receive guidance from the faculty in identifying and applying for internships. Internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the institution. Students are expected to complete 10 weeks of full-time employment (i.e. 350 to 400 hours) in an approved institution. Upon completion of the internship, students are expected to make a public presentation of their internship experience. Students who select the internship option must register for 6 semester hours of academic credit. Students completing internships for academic credit are eligible for tuition remission. The level of tuition remission varies from 1 to 6 hours per student. Internships are generally completed during the summer.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Mayborn Museum Complex
  • Dr Pepper Museum
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Texas Heritage Museum
  • Dallas Heritage Village
  • North Dakota Historical Society
  • The Museum of Flight

Job Placement Assistance

All full-time and part-time faculty in the department have extensive connections in the field, which they use to assist students in job placement. Additionally, students receiving training in resume and cover letter writing and interviewing.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • Baylor University
    • Mayborn Museum Complex
    • The Texas Collection
    • Riley Digitization Center
    • Martin Museum of Art
    • Poage Political Library
  • The Grace Museum
  • Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Farmer’s Branch Historical Park
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Library
  • Tulsa Historical Society and Museum
  • Gilcrease Museum
  • Museum of the Bible
  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Walt Disney World
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • Central Texas Area Museum
  • Dr Pepper Museum
  • City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial
  • Arts Council of Brazos Valley
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Amon Carter Museum