To be considered for admission to regular graduate status in the program, a student must hold a baccalaureate degree and have earned at least a B (3.0) grade-point average in previous academic work. Acceptance in the program is determined by the Museum Studies Admissions Committee. A student interested in applying for admission must submit the following:

1.   A completed application, along with a non-refundable application fee, submitted online through the Office of Graduate Studies.

2.   Transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions attended. You may upload a scanned version of your official transcript from your undergraduate institution to the online application. Please note: A printout from a student portal is NOT considered to be an official copy of your transcript. Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the program. In addition, please calculate your Junior/Senior GPA and include it on your resume.

3.   A statement of academic objectives. This component of the application is very important. It should be a thoughtful, well-written, 2-3 page statement addressing such topics as (a) what is it about museums and museum studies that particularly interests you, (b) your career goals, and the area of museum work that most attracts you, (c) your relevant experience and background, (d) the match of KU’s program to your interests, an (e) anything else you think is important to your application. If you feel that your academic record does not reflect your potential, or if your test scores are below expectations, be certain to provide an explanation of any extenuating circumstances related to this issue.

4.   Three letters of recommendation. (Please use KU’s online letter of recommendation system when you apply).

5.   GRE scores. To submit scores, use University code 6871, Department code 5101.

6.   A resume or curriculum vitae listing your employment history, scholarships/fellowships, and awards.

7.   A sample of your written academic work (10 pages maximum, please).

8.   For international students only, TOEFL scores or acceptable alternative to demonstrate English proficiency.

9.   For international students only, proof of financial support. Applications will not be considered without financial documentation.

Students are admitted to the M.A. program only in the fall semester. The priority deadline for submitting applications is January 15. The Museum Studies Admissions Committee will begin considering applicants for fall admission in mid-January. Students will be notified of admission decisions in March.

Financial Assistance

The Museum Studies program has a small pool of scholarship funds available, and some funding opportunities, such as teaching assistantships, are available to KU graduate students in general. Students are also encouraged to contact the Museum Studies program for other possible resources.

For additional information contact the Financial Aid Office:

The University of Kansas
Financial Aid Office
Strong Hall
1502 Iowa St., Room 50
Lawrence, KS 66045



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