Museum Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Washington DC is unmatched when it comes to the number of world-class museums it has to offer. Museum leaders in the nation's capital advance the public service mission of museums and shape them into distinctive learning environments for all audiences.

The Museum Education Program at GW prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other lifelong learning environments. Students complete internships that provide real-world application of museum education and leadership principles. Recent internship experiences include:

-Publicity for a nationwide digital network for the National Museum of American History
-Research and the piloting of a participatory game for the National Building Museum
-Management of a family day commemorating a hot-air balloon trial at the National Air and Space Museum
-Production and supervision of the Association of Science-Technology’s hands-on activities for the White House Easter Egg Roll
-Revision of Girl Scout badging publications for Carlyle House

Graduates of the program take on positions as education directors, development and fundraising officers, event planners, docent/volunteer coordinators, and community-relationship coordinators.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a 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 should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose: 

In an essay of 500 words maximum, please tell us why you want to be a museum educator.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday