Museum Studies (M.A.)

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
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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.

 

MA History Museum Studies, History Track

Required Courses:

  • HMUS 500 Introduction to Museums 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 501 Collections Acquisitions, Care & Management 1-3 s.h.
  • HMUS 502 Museum Administration 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 503 Introduction to Museum Education & Interpretation 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 510 Professional Seminar 4 s.h.
  • HMUS 515 Museum Project Management 1 s.h.
  • HMUS 520 Research and Field Work 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 521 Material Culture Methods 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 580 Internship I 1 s.h

Required Total: 22-24 s.h.

Research Courses- choose two: 6 s.h.

  • ARTC 545 African American Art
  • HISC 545 Landscapes, Cultures, and the Environment
  • HISC531 Migration and Community
  • HMUS 513 Historic Preservation
  • HMUS 530 American Material Culture: Gender and Domesticity
  • HMUS 531 American Material Culture: Modernism/Anti-Modernism
  • HMUS 525 Civil Rights History
  • HMUS534 Cultural Encounters
  • HMUS547 Museum Finance
  • HMUS 695 Independent Research

Diversity Course - choose one not used above: 2-3 s.h.

  • ARTC 545 African American Art
  • HISC 530 Identity and Activism
  • HISC 531 Migration and Community
  • HISC 570 The City in American Culture
  • HMUS 525 Civil Rights History
  • HMUS 534 Cultural Encounters
  • HMUS 535 Designing for Accessibility
  • HMUS 542 Boards & Governance

Electives 18-19 s.h

Total: 48 s.h.

MA Museum Studies, Science Track

Required Courses:

  • HMUS 500 Introduction to Museums 3 s.h.
  • SMUS 501 Collections, Acquisitions, Care & Management of Natural History and Science Collections 1 s.h.
  • HMUS 502 Museum Administration 3 s.h.
  • SMUS 600 Science Learning 3 s.h.
  • HMUS 510 Professional Seminar 4 s.h.
  • HMUS 515 Museum Project Management 1 s.h.
  • SMUS 525 Science & Society 3 s.h.
  • SMUS 575 Science Museum Methods 3 s.h.
  • SMUS 580 Internship I 1 s.h.

Required Total: 22 s.h.

Research Courses: 6 s.h. 

  • SMUS 690 Research I
  • SMUS 695 Research II

Diversity Course - choose one: 2-3 s.h.

  • ARTC 545 African American Art
  • HISC 530 Identity and Activism
  • HISC 531 Migration and Community
  • HISC 570 The City in American Culture
  • HMUS 525 Civil Rights History
  • HMUS 534 Cultural Encounters
  • HMUS 535 Designing for Accessibility HMUS 542 Boards & Governance

Electives 18-19 s.h.

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 Admissions [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.

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