Certificate in Museum Studies

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The Certificate Program is designed to give UNM undergraduate students, working professionals, and non-traditional students academic and practical training in the fundamentals of museology. Courses are offered on the UNM campus and by distance learning through UNM’s Extended University. Upon successful completion of the requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Museum Studies.

The Certificate Program consists of a minimum of 15 upper division (400 level) undergraduate credit hours. The minimum requirements are successful completion of Museum Practices (MSST 407), Museum Collection Management (MSST 476), Museum Interpretation (MSST 475), at least one museum practica (MSST 486), and one seminar in museum methods (MSST 485). Inquires and questions about the program should be made by email addressed to (museum@unm.edu). 

Admission Processes and Policies

All students applying to the Museum Studies Certificate Program must submit a competed Museum Studies Certificate Program application form, a letter of intent describing the applicant’s interest in the program, and official transcripts.  Applications should be postmarked no later than July 30 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, and May 1 for summer sessions. The completed application, letter and transcripts should be mailed to:

Museum Studies Certificate Program
MSC01 1050
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Program of Studies

Course Requirements - Certificate

Cr. Hrs.

Museum Practices (MSST 407)
Museum Interpretation (MSST 475)
Museum Collection Management (MSST 476)
Seminar in Museum Methods (MSST 485)
Total course hours:
Practicum: Museum Methods (MSST 486) ∆
Minimum credit hours required:

∆ Six (6) credit maximum.