Program Introduction

The Museum Studies program at the University of Kansas has been educating museum professionals since 1981. On average, ten students graduate from the Master's program each year and join the more than 200 alumni who work in museums across the country and around the world.

Degrees Offered

  • Museum Studies Degree, Certificate, or Minor

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


Financial Aid Available

One Graduate Research Assistant position is awarded each year. Limited scholarship funds are also available.

Deadline To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Requirements

Students are required to complete 250 hours in an approved internship with a museum professional. The internship requirement is 3 credit hours.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

• Deutsches Museum of Science & Technology
• Fort Scott National Historic Site
• Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
• Kansas Museum of History
• Kansas State Historical Society
• KU Libraries
• KU Natural History Museum
• National Archives – Kansas City
• Smithsonian – National Museum of Natural History
• U.S. Holocaust Museum

Job Placement Assistance

Job opportunities are shared with students as they are received.

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

• Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
• Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
• Dole Institute of Politics
• Kenneth Spencer Research Library
• Museum of Science and History
• Watkins Community Museum
• Farmington Museum