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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.


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Museum Events

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 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 November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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