Museum Science and Management


The Master of Art's Degree Program in Museum Science and Management provides training to students interested in pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, archives, national parks, and related institutions. The program is composed of:

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours in one or more track courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • 3-6 credit hours of internship 

If a student is currently a professional working in a museum, then a three-credit project will be substituted for the internship. Other elective courses may be appropriate for this degree program and are not listed below. Approval must be granted by the director and graduate dean before the credit hours may be applied to the degree program.

The degree program requires 33-credit hours for completion. The curriculum requires classroom instruction coupled with working in a museum setting so that the student sees theory applied to practice. Internships may be executed at the Gilcrease Museum or at approved museums and facilities other than the Gilcrease Museum to broaden the student's academic and experiential base.


Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, be approved by the Graduate School and the director of museum science and management, and must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Results from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based exam, 232 on the computer-based exam, or 575 on the paper exam for students whose native language is not English. Non-native speakers may submit a minimum score of 6.5 from the IELTS examination to substitute for the TOEFL score.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Students who do not satisfy this requirement but have at least a 3.0 GPA in their major field may be admitted on probation.
  • Probationary status is removed by completing nine credit hours of approved graduate study with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in one semester for a full-time student and within three semesters for a part-time student.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least three professors or former supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s technical background, work performance and academic potential.
  • A Statement of Purpose that includes a description of the applicant’s background, rationale for the desired track, specific interests in museum science and management, and long-term professional objectives.

Students not meeting all of the requirements above at the time of application may be admitted conditionally. In such cases, coursework required to make up deficiencies will be determined by the Museum Science and Management Graduate Committee and will be undertaken during the first year.

Admission of a student to the degree program for focus in a specific theme track may require the director to consult with the Museum Science and Management Graduate Committee or the graduate program advisor in the appropriate discipline to determine if prerequisites must be taken prior to enrollment in coursework.

General Requirements

Upon initial enrollment, the student will meet with the director of museum science and management to develop a degree plan based upon the student’s educational needs and objectives. The plan will address the sequence of appropriate courses, taking into account prerequisites and when courses are normally scheduled. If a student is admitted to pursue the General Track within the degree program, then the 12 credits required within the track may be selected from any track, although only a maximum of two courses may be taken from any single track. If a student within the General Track desires to take more than two courses from a theme track, then the student must seek approval to change from the General Track to a specific theme track.

If a track other than the General Track was not requested and approved at the time of admission, then students wishing to pursue a theme track must request permission of the director and graduate dean preferably before the end of their first semester (or for part-time students, before completing nine credit hours). If a student desires to change his/her track, the director will consult with the appropriate graduate program advisor or the Museum Science and Management Graduate Committee regarding the student’s request to assure that the student has the appropriate background.

Students who anticipate enrolling in the Museum Project course should select a research advisor by the beginning of the second semester to determine an appropriate sequence of coursework and to address early those steps that may be necessary as part of the project.



General Track

The 12 credits for the General Track may be selected from any theme track. Only a maximum of two courses may be taken from a single theme track, otherwise approval must be sought to change track from General to a specific theme track.