Providing professional museum training for CU Boulder graduate students and for museum professionals who seek to upgrade their skills and credentials, the Professional Certificate in Museology serves a range of disciplines in the arts and sciences, education and engineering, as well as the Colorado museum community.

CU Graduate Students

The Museum and Field Studies program offers a Graduate Professional Certificate in Museology for graduate students. This program provides professional training and certification for students at the University of Colorado Boulder whose primary enrollment is in a graduate program in another museum-related discipline (e.g., anthropology, art, art history, biology, business administration, education, geological sciences, history, etc.). For graduate students in other university departments, the coursework in a cognate discipline is provided by MA/MS or PhD programs in their home department.

Museum Professionals

Additionally, the professional certificate program is open to museum professionals in Colorado and the surrounding Rocky Mountain region. The program provides an avenue for early and mid-career museum staff to upgrade their skills and credentials in order to better meet the challenges and opportunities that museum work affords in the 21st century. For museum professionals, additional disciplinary work is available as appropriate upper division undergraduate or graduate coursework taken as electives under the nondegree study plan available in the ACCESS program through Continuing Education.  


The Professional Certificate in Museology requires a minimum of 12 credit hours and a 75-hour internship that may be waived if comparable professional experience is demonstrated.

Required Courses
MUSM 5011Introduction to Museum Studies4
Select three of the following five courses:
Museum Education
Museums and the Public: Exhibit Development
Museum Administration
Museum Collections Management
Advanced Seminar in Museum Issues
Total Credit Hours12