Certificate in Museum Studies | BAS & BLS
University of Iowa


The University of Iowa offers the Museum Studies Certificate, an 18 semester hour (s.h.) certificate program administered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The academic home is the Department of Anthropology and the online certificate is supported by Distance and Online Education. The online courses are taught by the same faculty teaching in the on-campus courses.

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Online Curriculum

Required Course

Museum Studies Topic Areas - Students must select one course each from three topic areas (9 s.h. total). They also must complete a fourth course (3 s.h.) from any of the topic areas.

Exhibition Development and Public Education

History, Theory, and Culture

Museum Administration and Management

  • MUSM:3100  Historic House Management and Preservation (3 s.h.)
  • MUSM:3500  Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I (3 s.h.)
  • MUSM:4150  Introduction to Grant Writing (3 s.h.)

Museum Studies Internship - After completing at least 12 s.h. of the required course work above, students must complete the following internship, earning a minimum of 3 s.h.

The Certificate in Museum Studies coordinator works closely with students and affiliated faculty members to ensure that the internship provides students with the instruction and experience they need.

How to Declare the Certificate

Students may add a certificate program to their plan of study at any time. Once added, a separate degree audit will be produced. There is no penalty to remove a certificate from a plan of study and one may be removed at any time

Current BAS/BLS University of Iowa students may add the certificate to their plan of study by contacting their assigned BAS/BLS advisor.