Museum Studies Graduate Minor


A graduate minor may be earned in museum studies related to the student’s graduate major field. The Museum Studies Minor is a structured curriculum that provides students from a variety of disciplines with an introduction to issues involved in museum practice (e.g., leadership, curation, communication, education, and collections management). The curriculum includes seminars and internships designed to suit the particular needs and interests of the student. The course of study is determined in consultation with the student’s major advisor and the director of graduate studies for the minor.

Admission to the Museum Studies Graduate Minor is contingent upon prior admission to a master's or doctoral degree-granting program within the Graduate School. No more than 15 students will be admitted to this minor each year.

Credit Requirements

Master’s students:     7
Doctoral students:    12


All Museum Studies Graduate Minor students take the core courses of MST 5011: History and Philosophy and MST 5012: Museum Practices, and at least one credit of internship (MST 5020). Total required credits for Masters students is seven (7) and for PhD students is twelve (12). The additional five credits for the PhD student may be achieved through a combination of additional internships, Directed Study (MST 8993), and/or selected from the following list of approved courses.

Core Courses – Required of all students (7 credits)

MST 5011 Museum History and Philosophy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-#; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Historical and philosophical roots of museum development in Europe and North America from the Renaissance to modern day museums and history centers. Emerging philosophical issues faced by museums today.

MST 5012 Museum Practices
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5011 or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Practical aspects of museum work. Standards, practices, responsibilities, and issues, all set in greater museum context. Curatorial and educational duties, collections management, security, funding, boards, public relations, installation, and budgeting.

MST 5020 Internship
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 32.0 cr]; Prereq-5011, 5012, %; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Students arrange to perform a professional-level task in a museum of good standing under close supervision of a member of the museum's professional staff. The Director of Graduate Studies must approve the internship prior to the start date. More information about Internships.

Additional Approved Courses for PhD Students  (5 credits required)

Other Museum
Studies Electives

MST 5020 Internship (see description above)
MST 5170 On Museum Exhibitions: What Are They Good For?
MST 8993 Directed Study in Museum Studies (must be guided by a member of the museum studies graduate faculty)


Jour 5251 Psychology of Advertising


ACL 5221 Creative Entrepreneurship and Resources Development

OLPD 5048 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership
OLPD 8020 Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice

PA 5101 Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
PA 5104 Strategic Human Resource Management
PA 5123 Introduction to Philanthropy: Theory and Practice
PA 5251 Strategic Planning and Management
PA 5253 Designing Planning and Participation Processes


PSY 5014 Psychology of Human Learning and Memory


OLPD 5501 Principles and Methods of Evaluation

PA 5311 Program Evaluation

Exhibition Design

DES 5185 Human Factors in Design
DES 8164 Innovation Theory and Analysis

GDES 8361 Color, Design, and Human Perception

KIN 5505 Human-Centered Design – Principles and Applications

Courses taken in fulfillment of the major field may not be used to fulfill requirements of the Museum Studies Minor.  Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of graduate studies for the Museum Studies Graduate Minor.

Links to University of Minnesota museums and galleries.

Links to museum professional organizations.

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