New students are admitted for the fall semester only. An applicant for the master’s degree in museum studies should have a baccalaureate degree, documentation of courses taken and GPA earned in previous college or university study, and internship experience in a museum, gallery, historic site, or archive. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Students wishing to be considered for a graduate assistantship, which is the principle form of financial aid in the department, should have their applications complete by February 15. The application consists of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement explaining their interest in museums and museum studies, and why they are a good fit for Baylor. Letters of recommendation must include two letters from academic references and one letter from a professional reference. The admissions committee looks carefully at academic credentials, but is also interested in previous experiences that show familiarity with and aptitude for museums and the museum profession. Professional experience may include summer internships or volunteer assignments in a museum or related cultural institution; it does not have to be a full-time position. If you lack such experience in a museum, we suggest you take some time to gain such experience before submitting an application to the program.
You may apply online at the Graduate School website. You may also download or request a paper application from that site.
For further information please refer to the Graduate School's website
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The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS), curated the Museum Studies website from 1998 until 2014. This essential digital resource from the early days of the World Wide Web provided the museum field with a wide-range of practical, day-to-day skills in museum operations, and produced seminal research on the societal role of museums through the Fellowships in Museum Practice program. Many of the web tools pioneered by SCEMS, such as web-based lectures, and functions for serving the educational and informational needs of the museum field, are now actively sustained through associations and other dedicated museum sites:
SCEMS transformed to become the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) in 2014, and produces this website, called the Smithsonian Learning Lab. On this platform, learners can discover more than two million resources, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share their work. Learn more about the Learning Lab here.