About Museum Studies at KU

The KU Museum Studies program offers a graduate degree from an internationally respected university. An established program — we have been educating museum professionals since 1981 — there is also an exciting future as the program recently named a new director and professor, Doctor Peter H. Welsh, to lead us into the next chapter.

The Master of Arts program in Museum Studies offers personal attention in a small, selective program with all courses taught by world-class faculty members and museum professionals from leading institutions.  The breadth of specialties and facilities at KU allows students to pursue their own individual interest, such as paleontology, entomology, environmental history and much more. The Graduate Certificate program builds on this and enables students to integrate knowledge of museum studies into their own academic disciplines or professional training

Program graduates are hire-ready and can offer employers someone with advanced academic training, professional skills, and on-the-job experience. The KU Museum Studies program has a loyal, enthusiastic network of alumni eager to help new graduates and we have a strong record of placement across the nation.


Why Choose KU Muse?

Students in the Introduction to Conservation course

Our students say it best...

"The museum studies program can be catered to how you want it. Students can choose to focus on what interests them, and there are many opportunities both in school and out to make the most of a student’s two years at the University of Kansas."

"The small class size allows you to get to know everyone in the program."

"The staff and the students all care about helping one another develop the skills and experience needed to mold you into a strong museum professional.  Also, all the students, first and second years, work together to network, exchange experiences, and have plenty of fun doing it."


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Plan to attend this fascinating event put together by our students Jilliene and Alissa.
Flashback Friday: Life in Lawrence During the Late 60s & Early 70s
This @[147664105253073:274:Final Fridays Lawrence] come by the Watkins to learn about what life was like in Lawrence during the 1960s & 1970s. 6:30pm: Presentation by Clarence Lang, professor of African & African-American Studies and @[156311297732883:274:American Studies at KU], on the Civil Rights Movement and modern race relations with discussion to follow All evening: Explore the popular culture of the 60s and 70s with hands-on activities, music, videos, and refreshment

RT @WatkinsMuseum : Hear more about the civil unrest in Lawrence at the Watkins this Friday during Flashback Friday: Life in Lawrence... htt…

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