Museum Studies


Please note: The Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program is not currently accepting new students and has been placed on hiatus for the time being.

Please contact Noel Smith for more information by email or at 813-974-5866. We regret any inconvenience.

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies will assist in the preparation or further knowledge of individuals interested in the various facets of the operation of museums of all descriptions. These include administration, management, curatorial work, exhibition design and installation, education and history.

Course location/delivery

Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota campuses. Also various Bay Area Museums, including the Tampa Museum of Art. The Salvador Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg) and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota).

Admission requirements

Students must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:


ARH 6798; which may require prerequisite(s) or substitution as determined by advisor

19 credit hours. Students in the certificate program are required to take three core courses and complete an internship at an approved institution.

IDS 5178 Problems in Museum Studies, 3 credit hours
IDS 5177 The Atelier: Its Management and History, 3 credit hours
ARH 6798 Art History Seminar, 4 credit hours
IDS 6948 Gallery and Museum Internship, 6 credits


Choose a 3-hours elective course from the following list:

MAR 6815 - Marketing Management (2)
PAD 6146 - Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3)
PAD 6231 - Resource Development: Fund Raising and Grantsmanship (3)
PAD 6335 - Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3)
COM 6045 - Communicating Leadership (3)
COM 6121 - Organizational Communication (3)
PAD 6208 - Financial Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations (3)
LIS 5937 - Archive Management (3)
LIS 6724 - Non-book Cataloging (3)
ANG 6081 - Museum Methods

Time Limit

Three years

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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