All students must be enrolled in a UWM Graduate Program or have graduate-level status in order to be accepted into the Museum Studies Program. Students who wish to enter the Museum Studies Program should apply directly to the UWM Graduate School in their discipline. Most Museum Studies Program students are Anthropology or History graduate students, but students from other disciplines such as Art History, Botany, Education, Fine Arts, Geology, Library Science, and Zoology have participated as well.
It is expected that students enrolled in the program will hold at least a bachelors degree and be seriously committed to a career in museums, historical agencies, preservation organizations, or related institutions. No prior museum experience is required. Students may not audit courses in the program and are expected to complete the entire program.
Courses cannot be taken on-line and students must be able to physically attend classes at the Milwaukee Public Museum or at UWM to complete the program. Consent of the instructor is required for the first museum course, Anthropology 720. To register for Anthropology 720, students must a) contact Dawn Scher Thomae at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that space is still available in the class and b) contact W. Warner (Bill) Wood at email@example.com to obtain the permission number needed for on-line registration. Each course must be taken in sequence. Waiver of a course requirement is contingent upon consent of the Museum Studies Program Committee. Successful completion of the Program requires a minimum grade of B in each of the courses. Certificates are granted upon receiving a graduate degree in the student's academic discipline.