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2020-2022 Graduate School Catalog 
2020-2022 Graduate School Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Museum Studies & Historical Preservation (MA), Program Information

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The Morgan State University Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation is an interdisciplinary graduate program within the College of Liberal Arts. The courses and faculty are interdepartmental. Through theoretical (curriculum-based) and practical (hands-on) training, students are prepared for a wide range of positions in varying types of museums, as well as gaining an understanding of historic resources and the processes necessary for their preservation.


  • Produce professionally trained museum staff in the areas of museum management, museum education, collection management, exhibition design, conservation, curatorship, and the methods of archiving and historical preservation.
  • To increase the number of museum professionals with formal training at the graduate level.


Admission to the program is open to individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in any art, history, education or management related discipline or to those who have earned a bachelor’s in an unrelated field, but are currently pursuing museum or historical preservation careers. In addition to meeting admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must also have earned a minimum undergraduate academic grade point average of 3.0 in their major area of study. For conditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate average of 2.5 in their major area of study.

Program Course Requirements

MA Museum Studies & Historical Preservation 33 credits

Core Courses 15 credits


*NOTE: Upon achieving Master’s Candidacy, the student will continuously register in Fall and Spring terms for MUSE 797 (Thesis Guidance) until the Master’s Thesis is completed and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies for review.  The course is used only when the curriculum is near completion, and the student is completing the research and writing of the thesis. The course registration maintains the student status as a matriculated, full-time student (student is registered for 3 credit hours and the system reports a full-time 9 credit hour load).  After the Intent to Defend the Master’s Thesis form has been accepted by the School of Graduate Studies, this course registration will be changed to MUSE 799 (Thesis Defense) for the given semester and count for 3 credit hours of curricular coursework (MUSE 799 will also count for 9 credit hours of load).  Other courses cannot be substituted for MUSE 797 (Thesis Guidance). The only eligible grade for MUSE 797 (Thesis Guidance) is the grade of “S” and the only acceptable grade for MUSE 799 (Thesis Defense) is “P/F” (Pass/Fail).

Concentration 9 Credits


***NOTE: Other electives beyond MUSE-prefix courses can be eligible with prior approval of the program

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