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Museum Studies Graduate Certificate

Gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an agile museum practitioner for the twenty-first-century museum.

  • Get Started

    No Application Required

  • Format

    Online and On Campus Options

  • Tuition

    $13,360

  • Courses

    4

What You'll Learn

  • Understanding of important museum management practices, such as leadership, financial management, organizational behavior, or resource development.
  • Vital insight into facets of visitor experience and exhibits, including curation, conservation, collection management, and design.
  • Knowledge of museum-focused topics, such as exhibition development and design, visitor engagement, museum law, or technology.

Our Community at a Glance

You and your peers will make connections and find new possibilities in order to keep museum operations smooth, collections relevant, and visitors inspired.

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Certificate Courses

The professional graduate certificate in museum studies requires four courses or 16 credits.

You may choose any four courses from the museum studies certificate course group, using the certificate course search.

Search for Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Fall 2024

Fall course registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. ET. Learn more about how to register

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete 16 certificate credits at the graduate level.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Petition to apply 2-credit museum studies courses to your museum studies certificate:

Enrolling in two 2-credit museum studies courses — in place of one 4-credit course — is possible by petition. Approval is required before pursuing this option. Please email  Graduate_Certificates@Extension.Harvard.edu for more information.

Stack Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your museum studies certificate. Once completed, those four courses put you a third of the way toward earning a master’s degree in museum studies.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.

Cost

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360