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Successful Careers

Since 1972, the University of Delaware's Museum Studies Program has introduced students to successful careers in museums, historic sites, and cultural agencies and organizations. The 12-credit program is open to any University of Delaware graduate student enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students take a minimum of 9 credit hours of classes and complete a three - credit internship to receive the Certificate in Museum Studies. Instructors include distinguished professionals from area museums as well as university faculty.

Ensuring Quality in the Future

Our mission is to help ensure the future of museums and related cultural institutions by educating graduate students who either plan careers in public arts and humanities or will collaborate with cultural institutions as part of future academic careers. While receiving excellent training in their home academic disciplines, Museum Studies students also develop their understanding of the ethical frameworks that guide museums and other cultural not-for-profit organizations. They become knowledgeable in administrative, curatorial, and educational practice. Most important, they understand the challenges faced by cultural institutions in the twenty-first century.

Advancing Collaboration

We seek to educate professionals who will participate in local, regional, national, and international networks of information and idea exchange. Because the future of cultural institutions lies in collaboration to enhance resources, we hope that our students will build networks and strengthen ties between the organizations that preserve and interpret the arts and culture and the communities they serve.

Interested in the program?

If all of this sounds like a course of study you want to pursue, fill out the Student Intake form, and email it to Tracy Jentzsch. She will then schedule your initial appointment with the program director, Dr. Kasey Grier.

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Museum Studies SWAT

Are you interested in learning more about hosting a January SWAT team at your site? Please email us for a self-nomination form, and details. museumstudies@udel.edu

What is SWAT?

Each year during the winter break, MSST program director Dr. Kasey Grier leads a group of students to small museum for two weeks of hands-on experience. Projects include inventorying, cataloging and rehousing items. Students follow up these activities with detailed reports outlining thier work and providing recommendations for future collections management activities.

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