The Certificate in Museum Studies is a year-long program designed for individuals who want to enhance their understanding of museum work but do not need a master’s degree. It is open to students who have a Bachelor of Arts and substantial experience as a museum employee or volunteer. Applicants without substantial museum experience may be admitted to the program but will be required to complete an additional internship. The certificate is offered with a specialization in either collections management or education and interpretation.
-Collections Management Specialization
For future professional registrars and collections managers who are responsible for a museum's objects. Students engage in in-depth study and get hands-on experience in documenting collections and practicing preventative conservation with a focus on creative problem-solving and real world issues.
-Education and Interpretation Specialization
For those who wish to work with diverse audiences, and develop educational programs and exhibitions. Students pursue coursework in program development and learning theory, with an eye on using current research and innovative methods to provide engaging learning experiences for visitors of all ages.
Certificate students are required to take the first-year core courses applicable to the specialization and complete an internship in a museum.
All students must demonstrate writing competency and, if determined by the program, may be required to take additional courses in writing beyond the units required for the certificate.
John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation entitles the University to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The University is approved for veterans’ training.