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Museum Studies (Certificate NDP)

The Museum Studies (Certificate NDP) at University of Arizona is designed to enhance existing graduate degree programs for those students seeking scholarly expertise and practical experience in the field of museum studies.

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Full-time Duration: 6 months
Starting in: August, January
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The theoretical and scholarly orientation of the curriculum for the MSCP is balanced with archival and curatorial practice through internships at the Center of Creative Photography, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Arizona State Museum, and other relevant cultural institutions in the region.


The internship must include a significant scholarly component that links the practical work with the academic requirements for the certificate. Students of the Museum Studies (Certificate NDP) at University of Arizona are required to write a short paper (2-3 pages) at the conclusion of each internship experience before a grade is assigned. The paper should include: a summary of work accomplished; what the student learned; how the experience will assist the student in their future career in museums.

Courses include:

  • 12 credit hours of coursework, as approved by the Museum Studies Certificate Advisor
  • 6 credit hours of internship in a museum or gallery

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