The Museum Studies graduate degree at the University of Florida is designed to prepare students for successful careers in various positions within museums and cultural institutions. The interdisciplinary nature of the program enables students to receive unique educational opportunities designed for their particular interests and skills. The Museum Studies program is a two-and-a-half year interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes rigorous academic training and practical museum experience.
Students complete graduate coursework in an academic discipline (anthropology, art history, education, history, and natural sciences, for example) and museum studies while pursuing focused study of professional museum practices in a museum setting. Students complete the master's program by writing a thesis or carrying out a project-in-lieu-of-thesis, which must be selected, approved, researched and completed under the direction of a supervisory committee.
Several on-campus sites provide students with laboratories for museum training, including the Florida Museum of Natural History, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and the University Galleries.
Students are required to complete a project-based, full time internship at an approved museum in the United States or abroad. To date, students have interned at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Colorado Historical Society, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, San Francisco Zoo, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, among others.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges