Museum Studies

Specialized Study

Specialized Study in Museum Theory and Practice at Florida State University is designed for graduate students currently working toward an MA or PhD in a related field who wish to supplement their study with training in the museum field. Graduates of the program will be qualified for careers in science centers, art museums, history museums, historic sites, ethnographic museums, natural history museums, and related institutions.

Graduate students currently enrolled in any FSU department are eligible to pursue the Specialized Study.  Those who have already obtained a graduate degree may enter the program as non-degree seeking students. These students should contact both Museum Studies at 850/645-4681 and the FSU Office of Admissions at 850/644-6200 for more information about the application process.

To earn the Specialized Study, students complete 18 credit hours: two core courses (6 credits), two elective courses (6 credits), and an internship (6 credits). Electives are selected from courses university wide with an emphasis towards the operations and functions of museums. Departments participating in the program determine additional requirements, which may involve special assignments, qualifying papers, and projects. Students are required to remain in good academic standing with the university and a minimum grade of B- is necessary for courses to be counted toward fulfillment of the Specialized Study.

The program enjoys a collaborative relationship with museums in London, Florence and cities throughout Belgium. FSU’s extensive network of international study programs affords additional opportunities for course work and internships.

Students in the program can also benefit from the unique opportunity of studying at the FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts in Sarasota, with its world-renowned fine arts museum, circus collection, historic home, and Asolo Theater. To read more about the Ringling, please see “Rags to Riches and Back: The Rebirth of the Ringling,” reprinted from the March/April 2007 issue of Museum News magazine, with permission from the American Association of Museums. [pdf]

Museums located on the Tallahassee campus include the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, the Historic Textile and Clothing Collection, Special Collections at Strozier Library, and The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. These provide a rich training ground for the museum professional of the future.

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