The University of Alabama is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in museum studies intended for graduate students who are either majoring in a traditional museum content discipline such as art history, history, anthropology, American studies, geology, or biology; or students who have already completed graduate degrees in these disciplines. Students who complete the certificate program will be qualified for a variety of entry-level professional positions in museums in areas such as museum education, collections management, exhibit planning and development, and museum administration.

Generally defined as the study of all aspects of the theory and practice of museum operations, museum studies includes the history and background of museums, their role in society, and specific systems for research, conservation, education, organization, and administration. This certificate program combines education in traditional academic subjects together with coursework in museum theory and practices, and practical museum field experience.

Admission Criteria

An applicant whose credentials meet the following minimum requirements may be considered for regular, unconditional admission to the museum studies certificate program:

  • GPA: The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 overall, 3.0 in the last 60 hours in a degree program, or 3.0 for a completed graduate degree program.
  • Admission test scores: The applicant must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.

A student may be admitted conditionally if he/she falls below the expected criteria.


Consistent with the Graduate School’s requirements, an applicant to the museum students certificate program must have completed a bachelor’s degree and must be currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program of study at The University of Alabama, or have completed a graduate degree. Applicants not currently enrolled in a graduate program of study at The University of Alabama must submit required materials, including a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation, to the Museum Studies Internship Coordinator.


The certificate program requires the completion of 15 credit hours, including three core courses. The remaining six hours will come from a list of electives pre-approved by the Museum Studies Advisory Board, allowing students the flexibility to tailor their program of study to their specific career goals.

Museum Studies CertificateMore Information

MUSM 500Museum Internship (Museum Internship)3
MUSM 501Museum Administration3
MUSM 502 or Museum Collections Management3
MUSM 503 Museum Education & Exhibition
Approved Elective 13
Approved Elective 23
Total Hours15