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

Our graduates come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. They qualify for positions in art, history or science museums; children’s museums; zoos; aquariums and historical societies or sites.

With the assistance of a strong alumni base and valuable relationships with local professionals, about 85 percent of the Museum Education Program’s graduates from the past decade currently hold museum education or related positions. They most often serve as directors of education, with many becoming museum directors. Graduates also hold positions in professional associations, government agencies, private foundations, schools and universities.


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