Museum Studies & Historical Preservation

Dr. Annette Palmer: Chair, Department of History and Geography
Dr. Jeremiah Dibua: Coordinator, Graduate Programs in History and African-American Studies
Dr. David Taft Terry: Coordinator, Museum Studies & Historical Preservation Program (443.885.1795) 

The Morgan State University Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation is an interdisciplinary graduate program within the College of Liberal Arts. The courses and faculty are interdepartmental. Through theoretical (curriculum-based) training and practical (hands-on) experiences, students are prepared for a wide range of positions in varying types of museums and gain an understanding of historic resources and the processes necessary for their preservation.

1. Produce professionally trained museum staff in the areas of museum management, museum education, collection management, exhibition design, conservation, curatorship, and the methods of archiving and historical preservation.
2. To increase the number of museum professionals with formal training at the graduate level.

    Admission to the program is open to individuals holding a bachelor’s degree in any art, history, education or management related discipline or to those who have earned a bachelor’s in an unrelated field but are currently pursuing museum or historical preservation careers.  In addition to meeting admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, applicants must also have earned a minimum undergraduate academic grade point average of 3.0 in their major area of study.  For conditional admission, applicants must have earned a minimum undergraduate average of 2.5 in their major area of study.

    To satisfy the requirements for the degree, students must pursue 33 credits consisting of courses in four areas: Core Requirements, Concentration Area, Approved Electives, and Thesis/Project:

    Core Requirements (12 credits)
    3 credits: MUSE 520: Introduction to Museum Studies
    3 credits: MUSE 521: Theories of Museum Studies
    3 credits: MUSE 600: Principles of Preventive Conservation
    3 credits: MUSE 522: Internship

    Concentration Area (9 credits--choose from one area)
    3 credits: BUAD 521: Administrative Theory
    3 credits: MKTG 567: Marketing Management
    3 credits: BUAD 654: Organization Development 

    3 credits: ART 509: African-American Art
    3 credits: ART 510: Traditional Arts of Africa
    3 credits: ART 511: Art and World Civilizations

    3 credits: CUIN 563: Modern Curriculum Strategies in Content Areas
    3 credits: EDAD 607: Administration of Public Education Organizations
    3 credits: EDAD 798: Practicum in Educational Administration & Supervision

    3 credits: HIST 598: Historiography
    3 credits: HIST 707: Principles of Archival Theory
    3 credits: HIST 708: Oral History

    Approved Electives (9 credits)

    Thesis/Project (5+ credits)
    3 credits: MUSE 799: Thesis Seminar
    2 credits: MUSE 797: Thesis Guidance 

    Students are required to submit a thesis or project proposal for approval by the Program Coordinator.  Students must successfully complete the thesis/project in order to receive the Masters Degree in Museum Studies and Historical Preservation.  Students must also select a thesis/project committee consisting of the Program Coordinator and two readers.  One reader can be an external committee member but must be approved by the Program Coordinator. Masters thesis/project students must complete the Thesis Seminar course and a 2 credit hours thesis guidance course. Until a thesis/project is submitted and approved, students must enroll in Thesis Guidance every semester after successfully completing the Thesis Seminar course. 

    Other Program Requirements
    1. Comprehensive Examination: Consisting of 6 to 9 questions, with the student being required to answer three questions.  Students who do not successfully pass all areas of the graduate comprehensive examination are required to retake only those areas failed.
    2. Internship: Students are required to complete at least one professional internship (where they will be supervised and evaluated by a site supervisor). 
    3. It is also expected that students will become actively involved in at least one museum, history, art, education or administration professional association.