Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Students at the Cooperstown Graduate Program meet with Professor Cindy Falk to discuss plans for a training on museum collections
Students at the Cooperstown Graduate Program meet with Professor Cindy Falk to discuss plans for a training on museum collections
""
""
Museum Studies students with Dr. Gretchen Sorin at the Cooperstown Graduate Program 
Museum Studies students with Dr. Gretchen Sorin at the Cooperstown Graduate Program

Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) students attend classes in Cooperstown, a village 25 miles northeast of Oneonta and have full access to the resources and facilities of the College.  Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,  The Glimmerglass Festival, The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and a research library.  Located on Otsego Lake and in a state-of-the-art building, the nationally recognized museum studies program makes use of the entire community and its natural environment as our classroom. Blending hands-on practical experiences with field trips, internships, and a rigorous academic program, the Cooperstown Graduate Program has an excellent track record of successful employment for graduates.  More than 900 alumni have attained prominence in museums and related fields as directors, educators, curators, and programming specialists. View employment placements of our recent graduates

CGP Community Stories presents the diverse stories of the residents of central New York State. A project of the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY Oneonta) and the New York State Historical Association, CGP Community Stories serves the community as a dynamic tool for researchers and a record of significant changes in the rural areas of New York State. With oral histories available in digital audio format, visitors to the website can explore themes central to the lives of the people who live and work in the agricultural heartland of the state.

 

Degree Requirements History Track:

Required Courses:
    HMUS 500 Introduction to Museums 
    HMUS 501 Collections Care & Management 
    HMUS 502 Museum Administration 
    HMUS 503 Introduction to Museum Education
    HMUS 510 Professional Seminar
    HMUS 515 Museum Project Management 
    HMUS 520 Research and Field Work 
    HMUS 521 Material and Culture Methods 
    HMUS 580 Internship I
    Total: 24 s.h.

Research Courses (choose two): 
    ARTC 545 African American Art
    HISC 545 Landscapes, Cultures and the Environment
    HMUS 512 Historic Preservation
    HMUS 530 American Material Culture Gender & Domesticity 
    HMUS 531 American Culture and Modernism/Anti Modernism
    HMUS 525 Civil Rights History  
    Total: 6 s.h.

Diversity Course (choose one):
    ARTC 545 African American Art
    HISC 530 Identity and Activism
    HISC 531 Migration and Community
    HISC 570 History of the American City
    HMUS 525 Civil Rights History  
    HMUS 534 Cultural Encounters
    HMUS 535 Design for Accessibility
    HMUS 542 Boards & Governance
    Total: 3 s.h.

    Electives: 18-19 s.h.

    Required Total: 48 s.h.
 

Degree Requirements Science Track:

Required Courses:
    HMUS 500 Introduction to Museums 
    SMUS 501 Collections Care & Management 
    HMUS 502 Museum Administration 
    SMUS 600 Science Learning
    HMUS 510 Professional Seminar
    HMUS 515 Museum Project Management 
    SMUS 525 Science & Society 
    SMUS 575 Science Museum Methods 
    SMUS 580 Internship I
    Total: 22 s.h.

Research Courses: 
    SMUS 690 Research I
    SMUS 695 Research II
    Total: 6 s.h.

Diversity Course (choose one):
    HISC 530 Identity and Activism
    HISC 531 Migration and Community
    HISC 545 Landscape Culture and the Environment
    HMUS 525 Civil Rights History  
    HMUS 535 Design for Accessibility
    HMUS 542 Boards & Governance
    Total: 3 s.h.

    Electives: 18-19 s.h.

 

    Required Total: 48 s.h.

Admission Requirements: 

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to submit:

  • A completed application and the non-refundable fee. Application fee waived for SUNY Oneonta Alumni.
  • Evidence of completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a functionally related area.
  • Official scores from the GRE General Test. Have test scores sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies [Code R-2542]
  • Two letters of recommendation. Ideally, one will be from a college faculty member who can attest to your ability to complete an M.A. program and one will be from a supervisor or individual qualified to evaluate relevant work experience.
  • Additional supplemental information as required within the online application. 
  • Application Deadline: January 10
  • Fall Admission Only.

APPLY ONLINE

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Cooperstown Graduate Program Tour


A Sneek Peek Into a Week CGP


Visit Our Social Pages

 

Key Dates & Deadlines:

Fall
Spring

Graduate Forms

Graduate Studies Office
Phone: 800-SUNY-123 x2523
or (607) 436-2523
Fax: (607) 436-3084
Email: gradstudies@oneonta.edu