Museum Studies

The new Museum Studies College-Approved certificate is an 18-credit program offered on the College's Canton Campus. The curriculum has been specifically designed to prepare students for internships, and entry-level positions in museums, art galleries and organizations, or for advanced study. The fundamentals acquired in this program may lead to work opportunities in curatorial or educational positions in the many museums and galleries in the greater Boston area. Students may elect to work within departments assisting with collections management, education coordination or as an exhibition assistant.


  • Understanding of important museum management practices, such as leadership and organizational behavior.
  • Knowledge of museum-focused topics, such as exhibition development including curation,   conservation, collection management, and design and visitor engagement.
  • Apply knowledge of the history, development, and philosophy of museums and galleries.
  • Play an active role in the management, growth, and development of a museum or gallery collection.
  • Employ museum best practices and ethical standards to complete museum-related work. 

Certificate Requirements

Semester 1
Introduction to Museums
Art History Elective*
Gallery Exhibition Skills
Semester 2
Museum Methods / Collection Care & Management
Gallery Exhibition Skills II
Museum Studies Field Experience or Art Elective

This program awards a College-Approved Certificate.

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Students in the Museum Studies Program at Massasoit's Canton Campus have special access to the collection of the Milton Art Museum on the Canton Campus. The MAM has a significant collection of Asian art and prints by artists such as Chagall, Cezanne, Bonnard, Manet, Picasso, and Renoir. The resources of the on-site, Akillian Gallery, are used in providing an opportunity for students to be actively involved in exhibition design and management.