The Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies is a fifteen-credit program consisting of six to nine credits from a menu of core program courses, three to six credits from program elective courses, and a three-credit internship. The Preventive Conservation Seminar is a new course for the program, initially offered as a program elective. After the course has been offered two or three times, it will be considered for program core status.
The program currently offers courses on the DeKalb and Naperville campuses. Many of our students are current museum employees who have never had opportunities for professional training; others are part of our regular student base; still others seek out our program because it is the only one offered at a public institution in the Midwest. Increasingly, we are the institution of first choice for students in our region.
A unique aspect of the Museum Studies program is the opportunity it offers students to work with faculty and peers from three colleges (the Colleges of Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts) and numerous departments at NIU. Although the program is only about five years old, it currently enrolls over 20 students. According to a recent alumni survey, seven out of ten respondents had found jobs in museums.
For more information about this program, please visit the Museum Studies web site at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.