Museum Collections Management and Care
The distance education Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care features four graduate-level courses designed for those working or volunteering in museums with collections management responsibilities and either lacking prior formal museum studies training or desiring a refresher. Students complete the four 3-credit courses totally online (1 course per semester). Students in the program work at a variety of types and sizes of museums in locations across the country and around the world.
Fall – July 1 (applications may be considered up to August 1)
Standarized Test Scores:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees from a college or university in the United States or from an instiution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of Instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
One (1) recommendation; preferably from a museum professional supervisor.
Prior academic records:
Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Statement of purpose:
In an essay of 250 to 500 words, please state your purpose in pursuing the MCMC graduate certificate. Describe your current and past experience working with museum collections, your academic objectives, career plans, related qualifications, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application form. If you choose to apply for a half-tuition fellowship, please include in your statement how your participation in the program would make a significant impact in your museum or community. Those from small museum or museums in under-served communities are encouraged to apply for a fellowship.
It is recommended that you have staff-level access to museum collections and related policies for some of your assignments. Please indicate in your statement which museum will allow you to have such access. Please note that volunteering or interning may grant you the necessary collections access depending on the museum’s policy.
International applicants only:
Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note this program is only offered online.
For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday