Graduate Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies

The Graduate Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies is coordinated by the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History in collaboration with the Department of History. This interdisciplinary program addresses a growing need, both regionally and nationally, for professionals who have museological and curatorial training and experience. The Certificate Program teaches the history, theory, and practice of museology and provides students with hands-on curatorial and exhibition experience via coursework and internships. Students who complete the Certificate will gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge essential for further academic studies and careers in traditional museum settings as well as state and governmental agencies, and other cultural institutions and venues. 

Unlike other regional programs in Museum Studies, courses in this program are taught by core faculty in the Department of History and the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History, and they emphasize hands-on experience. In addition to a required internship, students have the opportunity to plan and implement exhibitions at the OSU Museum of Art, The Gardiner Gallery of Art, and/or other OSU venues including the OSU Vertebrate Collections.

Currently enrolled OSU graduate students are not required to submit transcripts or letters of recommendation for acceptance to this program; they must however submit an application and be accepted [] before they can register for program-specific classes. Prospective candidates for admission who are not currently enrolled in an OSU graduate program must submit a formal application, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. They must also have completed a BA degree in a related field (with a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in Art History and/or History or related fields). Upon approval of the student’s application by a committee comprised of faculty from the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History and the Department of History, the student must fill out a course of study form indicating what classes they have taken and are planning to take in order to fulfill the program requirements. 

Students seeking a Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their certificate coursework. 

Upcoming GRCT courses offered in the Art History program:

Spring 2021: ART 5813, Museum Exhibition: Designing an exhibition that draws on the Oklahoma State University art collection. Includes museum history, theory, and curatorial practice. Instructor: Dr. Karen Greenwalt.

Fall 2021: ART 5733, Museum Education: Introduction to the major topics in museum education, including how object-based learning is used with individuals and groups. Addresses the major pedagogical issues surrounding the use of art and other objects in museums. Instructor: Christina Elliott, OSU Museum of Art.

Spring 2022: ART 5723, History of Museums and Collecting: Investigation of the history of museums and collecting practices in Western Europe and the United States from the sixteenth century to the mid-20th century. Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Brienen.

Contact Information:

Graduate Coordinator
Louise Siddons
Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History
108 Bartlett Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-6016