Q: You used to require the GRE to apply, but I don't see that on the application anymore. What gives?
A: Great news! As of the Fall 2019 cohort, you are no longer required to take the GRE to apply to our program. We've replaced that requirement with a writing exercise that focuses more closely on the museum field.
Q: What is the deadline to apply?
A: The application deadline is January 15 for the following fall.
Q: When are admission decisions sent out?
A: We try to send out our decisions by early March.
Q: What is the size of 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 KU MUSE?
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: Can I visit KU if I’m interested in applying to the Museum Studies Program?
A: Absolutely! We enjoy talking with prospective students in person. Our program staff – Brandy Ernzen, program coordinator, can help with arrangements and set up meetings with faculty, local museum professionals, and students. Please contact our office if you’d like to schedule a visit (firstname.lastname@example.org; 785-864-4543).
Q: Who will be my faculty advisor?
A: Dr. Sandi Olsen, our interim director, will be your faculty advisor when you enter the program. However, once you've had a chance to develop relationships with our other faculty, we encourage you to ask one of them to serve as your advisor. Ideally, your faculty advisor should be someone who shares your research or professional interests.
Q: For the required 250-hour internship, can it be a paid internship?
A: Yes! We accept both paid and unpaid internships for this requirement. We get this question a lot, and we don't want the internship requirement to be a financial hardship for you.
Q: Where have KU MUSE students interned in the past?
A: Our students have interned everywhere from the Smithsonians in Washington, D.C. and New York, to museums abroad, to museums on campus and in Lawrence. The MUSE program learns about internship opportunities worldwide and sends them to our students via a list serv. Students are also encouraged to research and apply for other internships.
Q: Is a thesis required to graduate with the M.A.?
A: No. Instead of a thesis, each KU MUSE student develops a final product, based on research or other creative activity, that contributes to the museum studies field and demonstrates the student’s ability to engage conceptually and professionally with the discipline. Students defend their final product to their exam committee.
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 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.