The museum studies certificate is a flexible program designed to allow students to tailor a program to their background and primary work experience. Each student is assigned an academic adviser who works closely with the student to create an appropriate program. The certificate in museum studies can be applied toward a master’s degree program at Buffalo State in art education (K-12), history, social studies education (7-12), creative studies, or applied economics. Students interested in combining the museum studies certificate with a degree program are advised to first discuss this option with an adviser from the corresponding degree program.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
2. Two letters of recommendation.
3. A 500-word personal statement describing the applicant’s graduate education
goals and interest in the museum field.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.
Required Courses 6 credits
MST 660 Museums and Society
MST 601 Critical Issues in Museum Studies
Elective Courses * 12 credits
AED 505 Foundations in Museum Education Studies
COM 519 Communication for Leaders and Managers
CRS 559 Principles of Creative Problem Solving
CRS 560 Methods, Theories, and Models of Creative Learning
DES 640 Graduate Studio in Design
ECO 508 Applied Macroeconomic Theory
HIS 500 Studies in American History
HIS 590 Independent Study
HIS 620 Exceptional Hispanic Individuals: Historic and Cultural Concerns
HIS 623 Problems in U.S. History
HIS 688 Museum Internship*
HIS 709 Local History: Research Methods and Techniques
Or other course(s) under advisement
Total Required Credit Hours 18 credits
* Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.