Final Product and Examination
Each student will be responsible for a final product, developed through research or other creative activity, that contributes to museum studies and demonstrates the student’s ability to engage conceptually and professionally with the discipline of museum studies. The final product will be developed with and approved by the student’s M.A. committee. The final product may be an extension of work undertaken during an internship or in a course. Examples of appropriate products include research papers, exhibitions, educational curricula, websites, social media applications, and films.
Each student will successfully defend their final product as part of the final examination of their work. This comprehensive master’s examination, taken during the student’s final semester of coursework, focuses on the student’s final product, while also testing the candidate's mastery of museum principles and practices, and relevant subject disciplines indicated by the student’s record. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the exam is oral, and the examination committee shall be comprised of the student’s M.A. committee. The oral defense is public; faculty and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend as nonvoting participants.
Written notice of intent to take the exam must be filed with the Museum Studies office at least three weeks in advance of the examination, providing the names of the chair and committee members, the date and time of the exam, and the location of the exam. The examination will be evaluated (on the basis of Pass, Fail, or Honors) by each member of the committee. A favorable majority is required for passing the exam. Note: Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the exam.