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What is Museology and Museum Studies?

Museology and museum studies is the area of study and employment that deals with the operations and management of museums, including the preservation and display of artifacts, art, materials, and works relevant to the theme4 and scope of that museum. In addition, based on the museums focus, procurement, research, restoration and budgeting may be included in the responsibilities of an individual in this field. The field of study is relatively new though has gained momentum and traction among scholars in recent years.

Educational Requirements

Individuals seeking an education in this field will typically pursue a master's degree at minimum in order to be able to seek employment. As such, individuals may earn a bachelor's degree in museology and museum studies, or in a related field such as anthropology, archaeology, history, art history, library studies or others. A master's degree program prepare individuals with the understanding of layout, promotion, customer service, context and more, allowing the individual to not only manage, but present images and objects in a meaningful and entertaining way.

A curriculum may include:

  • History and Development of Museums
  • Exhibit Presentation
  • Research and Restoration
  • Budgeting and Museum Services
  • Promotion and Marketing

Employment Opportunities

Museums are located throughout the United States and established for a variety of reasons and themes. Individuals may seek out employment at any such institutions, but will have their responsibilities grow or shrink based on the size and popularity of the given museum. Based on the subject matter covered by such an institution, museums may or may not have laboratories, restoration facilities, research centers, and procurement departments. Individuals may work as curators, providing instruction and museum information to visitors, or may work on the design of a given exhibit, bringing together themes and works in order to create an enjoyable experience.

Job Growth, Salary, and Related Fields

Job growth is expected to increase in the next decade due mostly to the need to modernize records and facilities in order to better preserve and make more efficient a given museum. The average salary of a museologist is approximately $45,000 per year, though may be affected by role, responsibilities, location and size of the museum. Individuals interested in museum studies may also wish to consider careers as archivists, curators, and museum technicians and conservators.

Top Colleges that Offer Museum Studies by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have museum studies programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $45,780
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (202) 994-1000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (B,M)

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is a public research university that is a world leader in education, research and medical healthcare. When it was founded in 1876 by benefactor Johns Hopkins, it was divided into the university and a separate hospital - The Johns Hopkins...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $43,390
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (410) 516-8000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Behavioral Science (M)
  • Natural Sciences (M)

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,383
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (206) 543-2100

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Nutrition (M)

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

Seton Hall University is a nonprofit private university that has many majors and degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in South Orange, New Jersey, in a predominately suburban area. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an important part of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,750
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (973) 761-9000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa is a public university in Iowa City, considered to be one of the most dynamic colleges in the country, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.  The university offers more than 100 areas of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,057
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (319) 335-3500

Programs Offered

  • Biopsychology (B)
  • Gerontology (B)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (B)
  • Museum Studies (B)

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University (SFSU), located in San Francisco, California, offers 115 bachelor's degrees, 97 master's degrees, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education, and a Master's of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,440
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (415) 338-1111

Programs Offered

  • Gerontology (M)
  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Behavioral Science (M)

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Macomb, IL and publically funded. Around thirteen thousand students enroll at Western Illinois University per year.A list of some of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $11,182
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (309) 295-1414

Programs Offered

  • Gerontology (B,M)
  • Museum Studies (B,M)

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University (TTU) is a research and liberal arts university in Lubbock, Texas, offering 150 undergraduate degree programs, 100 master's degree programs, and 50 doctoral degree programs.  It has 11 colleges, a graduate school and a school of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,517
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (806) 742-2011

Programs Offered

  • Gerontology (M)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation (M)
  • Museum Studies (M)

John F Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA

John F Kennedy University is a nonprofit private institution located in Pleasant Hill, California and provides a large number of program options for students. Over a thousand students enroll at John F Kennedy University annually.Students can select from several areas of study, including...

School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (925) 969-3300

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (B,M)

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

GU is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Washington, District Of Columbia, in a predominately urban area. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $42,870
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (202) 687-0100

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Science, Technology and Society (M)

Southern University at New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Southern University at New Orleans is a public historically black institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. A majority of historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,372
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (504) 286-5000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts is a nonprofit private art school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. More than thirty different programs are offered at UArts, with a Master's degree being the highest level...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,840
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (215) 717-6000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas (KU) is a public research and teaching college with one main campus and multiple satellite campuses.  KU offers high-tech laboratories, interactive classrooms, and several performance venues and athletic arenas.  The university's illustrious...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,678
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (785) 864-2700

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Behavioral Science (M)
  • Nutrition (M)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,994
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (734) 764-1817

Programs Offered

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (M)
  • Museum Studies (M)
  • Science, Technology and Society (M)
  • Nutrition (M)

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, MO

University of Missouri - St Louis provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and publically funded. UMSL has an annual student enrollment of over seventeen thousand.A list of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,314
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (314) 516-5000

Programs Offered

  • Gerontology (M)
  • Museum Studies (M)

SUNY College at Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

SUNY College at Oneonta provides a variety of degree programs for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Oneonta, NY and publically funded. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled yearly at SUNY College at Oneonta.Students may select from a few...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,896
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (607) 436-3500

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Art Institute is a nonprofit private art school located in San Francisco, CA, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. More than ten different programs are offered at San Francisco Art Institute, and it awards degrees up to a Master's...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $36,618
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (415) 771-7020

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana's top urban university, is considered by U.S. News and World Report to be one of the top five "up and coming" universities in America.  IUPUI has top-ranked programs in public and environmental...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,605
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (317) 274-5555

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (M)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, located in Edwardsville, Illinois, is commonly referred to as SUIE or The “e.” The school was established after the end of World War II in response to a lack of educational facilities in general for post war veterans,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,251
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (618) 650-2000

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (B)

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Waco, Texas, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Baptist affiliation, which is...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $33,716
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (254) 710-1011

Programs Offered

  • Museum Studies (B,M)
  • Nutrition (B,M)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.