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Museum Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 4 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Online
Museum professionals are committed to discovery. They serve as curators of the world’s past so it can touch the lives of those in the present. As can be expected, a task this important means that the museum industry is constantly evolving and experiencing new challenges. This  Museum Studies Program is offered at the University of Oklahoma.
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The University of Oklahoma Extended Campus Master of Arts - Museum Studies is part of a cutting-edge program designed to prepare today’s museum professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. As technologies develop and museums are faced with new ways to display their collections, museum professionals are tasked with the challenge to keep up. 

About the Museum Studies Program

Our Master of Arts - Museum Studies is an accredited, flexible, and affordable degree program designed to help you solve real-world problems faced by museum professionals. The comprehensive curriculum addresses museum management procedures, budget administration, exhibit and educational programming, and community interaction. Our faculty members are drawn from museums across the country, including two AAM-accredited museums located at the University of Oklahoma the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of National History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

What to Expect

The Museum Studies master's program is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Foundation (three hours) 
  • Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies OR 
  • Qualitative Research Methods (three hours)
  • History and Architecture of Museums (three hours) 
  • Museum Management and Leadership (three hours) 
  • Museums, Cultures, and Communities (three hours) 
  • Museum Collections (three hours) 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Attending at least two years and graduating from a high school in the United States or another country where English is the first language.
  • Completing at least 24 credit hours at an accredited college or university in the United States or another country where English is the first language.
  • Earning a bachelor’s degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States or another country where English is the first language.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    824 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 824 USD per credit and a duration of 4 months.
  • National

    824 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 824 USD per credit and a duration of 4 months.
  • In-State

    213 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 213 USD per credit and a duration of 4 months.
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