Master's in Museum Education

Washington DC is unmatched when it comes to the number of world-class museums it has to offer. Museum leaders in the nations capital see the value in advancing the public service mission of museums and work to shape them into distinctive learning environments for multiple audiences.

The Museum Education Program at GW prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other informal learning environments. 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.

Graduates of this program are prepared to take on positions as administrative and education directors, curators/directors of education, development and fundraising officers, event planners, docent/volunteer coordinators, and community-relationship coordinators.

Highlights

Why a GW Master's in Museum Education?

Location: There is no better place to examine museum education than in the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, DC. With close proximity to the White House, Smithsonian's, Newseum, art galleries, and other national monuments, students are provided with rich environments to work, attend scholarly events and hone their analytical skills.
Internship and Immersion: 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.

Diverse Student Body:From across the country and around the globe, bringing a wide range of professional experience, skills, and enriching knowledge.
Alumni:The Museum Education alumni network is extensive, with graduates working as leaders in museums around the nation and internationally.

Curriculum

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

Electives

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

Faculty
Lecturer
(202) 994-6682
Associate Professor
(202) 994-4960
Career Outlook

Opportunities

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)
Admissions

Admissions

Program Entry: Summer
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

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