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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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Museum Events

German-American History Talk and Gallery Tour
Saturday, October 21 | 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Prof. William Keel of KU speaks on local German-American history, then we move to the third floor for a special tour of our new exhibit Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein, with Watkins curator Brittany Keegan and Dr. Lorie Vanchena of KU.

My Name is Sallie Performance
October 25-26 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam & Connie Perkins Central Court
This experimental, immersive musical theater experience tells the story of the founding gift of art to the University of Kansas that became the Spencer Museum of Art. Created by Spencer Archivist Robert Hickerson and featuring the talents of artists and students from across the community. The performance is a free special preview event and part of the centennial celebration of our collection. Tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-name-is-sallie-tickets-37725266287.

Science of the Macabre
Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 
Join us for a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum as we celebrate Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, we will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, explore blood under black light, and enjoy free refreshments and win prizes.

Stories from the Museum Archives: Sallie Casey Thayer Collects
Sunday, November 5 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center 
Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

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