Museum Studies

Quick Facts

Deadline: July 28

Classes Begin: August 23

Credit Hours: 33

Delivery: Online**

**Onsite courses may be offered depending on location enrollment.


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.

The OU 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. That’s why we are proud to be home to one of very few degrees in the nation to offer comprehensive education for museum operation—and we offer one that can be completed 100% online.

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. 

Degree Topics:

  • Museum collections
  • History and architecture of museums
  • Museum, cultures, and communities 
  • Introduction to museum interpretation
  • Museum management
  • Controversy and the world of the museum 

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All fall and spring semester graduate courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Summer session courses are eight weeks long. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

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