Museum Studies - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies provides specialized interdisciplinary training that enables students to pursue careers in museums in the public or private sectors. The curriculum includes museology, methods, exhibit development, collections management, conservation, curation, and practice in Museum Studies. Students take courses in traditional classroom and practicum formats and may complete the certificate in one year. 

The Certificate may be completed as a stand alone certification or in conjunction with the M.A. degree in Anthropology, History, Art, and related fields.

If you wish to complete a graduate certificate, you must apply for admission to this non-degree program. Even if you already enrolled in a graduate program at NMSU, you will need to complete a separate application to be admitted to the certificate program. Once you have been admitted to the program and have completed all of the necessary coursework, you will need to apply to be awarded the certificate through your myNMSU account.

Please contact the Anthropology Graduate Advisor ( for information about how to complete the application.

The Certificate in Museum Studies is a 3 semester (or one year and one summer) program designed for individuals who want to enhance their understanding of museum work. It may be completed as a stand alone certification or in conjunction with a Master's degree in Public History, History, Art History, Anthropology, Studio Art or other disciplines.

Prefix Title Credits
Core Curriculum
ANTH 545Advanced Museology I3
ARTS 503Preventive Conservation/Collections Care3
HIST 594Public History Seminar3
Internship (credits from ANTH, ART, or HIST)3
Museum Conservation Internship1-6
Museum/Gallery Research Internship1-9
Public History Internship3
Controlled Electives
Select two from the following: 16
Cultural Resource Management3
Advanced Native American Visual Culture3
Museum Field Methods3
Advanced Native American Intersections in Museums3
Museum Conservation Techniques I3
Museum Conservation Techniques II3
Graduate Seminar: Art Theory, Criticism, Historiography3
Oral History3
Time Traveling Through New Mexico's Past3
Advanced Historic Preservation3
Interpreting Historic Places for the Public3
Total Credits18