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. The core requirements for Anth 545 Advanced Museology and Hist 594 Public History Seminar alternate on rotation with controlled electives every other year. If you enroll in a year when these courses are not being offered, it will take you at least two years to complete your certificate.

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 3
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
Museum Field Methods3
Advanced Museum Anthropology3
Advanced Native American Intersections in Museums3
Advanced Curation Crisis in Archaeology3
Museum Conservation Techniques I3
Museum Conservation Techniques II3
Museum and Curatorial Studies3
Graduate Seminar: Art Theory, Criticism, Historiography3
Oral History3
Advanced Historic Preservation3
Interpreting Historic Places for the Public3
Total Credits18

This list is regularly modified as new courses are added to the catalog, or old ones are phased out. Eligible courses are determined by a committee with at least one representative from Art, Anthropology and History. Substitutions may be approved with the advice of Museum Studies Faculty in Art, History, and Anthropology by the Department Head of Anthropology.