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Q:  How is KU’s Museum Studies Program ranked nationally?
A:  There is no system of national rankings for graduate programs in museum studies. KU does have a long history of awarding degrees in museum studies and a proven track record in placing its graduates in positions all over the country (and the world).

Q: What size is your program?
A: We enroll about 10 new students each year. We make an effort to strike a balance between being small enough to provide individual attention and guidance while being large enough to have a diverse student body.

Q: How selective is your program?
A:  We admit applicants who will flourish in our academically challenging program. In the past several years we have admitted between one-quarter and one-third of students who applied.

Q: What is the job outlook for museum professionals?
A:  There is good news to report! Research indicates that jobs for museum technicians, conservators, archivists, and curators will grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022.

Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: The deadline is January 15. However, if you have a reason why you cannot meet this deadline, please contact the director, Dr. Peter H. Welsh (phwelsh@ku.edu).

Q: When are admission decisions sent out?
A: We try to send out our decisions around the end of March.

Q: What are your GRE score requirements?
A:  We don’t have minimum GRE score requirements. We want to admit students who would be a good fit for our program, so we assess each applicant’s file holistically. GRE scores are just one piece of information we consider.

Q: What is the department code for submitting GRE scores?
A:  There is not a department code for Museum Studies, so you can use 5101 for Interdisciplinary Studies or 5199 for Any Department Not Listed. The institution code for KU is 6871.

Q: Can I transfer credits from an M.A. program at another university toward Museum Studies M.A. requirements?
A:  Under certain circumstances, students can transfer up to 6 hours of appropriate graduate credit toward their Museum Studies M.A. degree. Courses counted toward the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree may not be transferred. For more information about transfer credit, please visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences website.

Q: Can I visit KU if I’m interested in applying to the Museum Studies Program?
A: Absolutely! We’re delighted to talk with prospective students in person. Our program staff – Brandy Ernzen, program coordinator, and Lauren Chaney, graduate academic advisor – can help with arrangements and set up meetings with faculty and students. Please contact our office if you’d like to schedule a visit (museumstudies@ku.edu; 785-864-4543).


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September 2017 Newsletter
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Museum Events

FILM - Out of State Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

Meet the Experts: Christmas Crèches​
Sunday, December 10 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On December 10, enjoy special displays of Christmas crèches from the Bud and Jan Koupal Collection. Hear a talk about the history and tradition of holiday crèches, and stay afterward for cider and cookies. The program includes a lecture and museum visit. Included with museum admission.

TALK - Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU
Thursday, December 14 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

TALK - Slow Art Sunday: Presepio 
Sunday, December 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St.
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

TALK - Home for the Holidays 
Sunday, December 24 | 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

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