Master's in Museum Education

The Museum Education Program prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other informal learning environments. The curriculum prepares museum leaders (e.g., administrative and education directors, curators/directors of education, development and fundraising officers, event planners, docent/volunteer coordinators, and community-relationship coordinators) to advance the museum as a distinctive learning environment.

Students complete internships that provide real-world application of museum education administration and leadership principles. Recent internship experiences include publicizing a nationwide digital network for the National Museum of American History, researching and piloting a participatory game for the National Building Museum, managing a family day commemorating a hot-air balloon trial at the National Air and Space Museum, producing and supervising the Association of Science-Technology’s hands-on activities for the White House Easter Egg Roll, and revising Girl Scout badging publications for Carlyle House.

Each cohort begins the full-time, fourteen-month program in the summer. The application deadline is March 1. If you would like to be considered for tuition support, please apply by January 15.


Why a GW Master's in Museum Education?

  • Creating Opportunities for Every Audience: Museum leaders shape museums as a distinctive learning environment for multiple audiences. Museum Education Program graduates serve as administrative and education directors, event planners, community-relationship coordinators, and fundraisers to foster interactive museum spaces to enhance participation, understanding and engagement.
  • Interdisciplinary Learning: Museum Education Program students balance academic study with supervised fieldwork at world-class institutions, where they build their skills and reputation as advocates for museum accessibility and accountability. Our graduates advance the public service mission of museums, while contributing to sound policy and best practices through professional activism

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 27 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Core Courses

  • EDUC 6701 Museums as Institutions I: Fundamentals
  • EDUC 6702 Facilitating Museum Learning I: Fundamentals
  • EDUC 6703 Museum Audiences
  • EDUC 6704 Facilitating Museum Learning II: Field Placement and Seminar
  • EDUC 6705 Museums as Institutions II: Field Placement and Seminar
  • EDUC 6706 Evaluating Museum Learning
  • EDUC 6707 Museum Proposal Writing


6 credits in elective courses, selected in consultation with the program advisor.

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Career Outlook


Graduates hold leadership positions in museums and related informal learning environments in the US and around the world. Alumni can be found in Spain, Cambodia, Israel, Finland, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Korea, Botswana and Costa Rica as:

  • Museum Director
  • Development Officer
  • Docent Coordinator
  • Director/Curator of Education
  • Community-relationship Coordinator
  • Event Planner

Alumni are currently employed in the following museums and other informal learning environments:

  • American Museum of Natural History (New York)
  • Museum of Flight (Seattle)
  • Fort Concho National Historic Site (Texas)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (DC)
  • Adler Planetarium (Chicago)
  • Historic New England (Boston)
  • United States Marshals Museum (Arkansas)
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers (DC)
  • Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum (Illinois)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum (New York)
  • Bullock Texas State History Museum (Austin)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (California)
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh)
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston)
  • Anchorage Museum (Alaska)
  • Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania)
  • Arizona State Museum/University of Arizona (Tucson)
  • Gadsby's Tavern Museum (Virginia)
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Learn more about the Master's in Museum Education program located on campus (202-994-3023).