Master’s Accelerator

The master's degree in Museum Studies offers personal attention in a small, selective program, with all courses taught by experienced faculty members and museum professionals from leading institutions. Students master core components of museum practice, gain solid grounding in current issues facing museums, and engage in research to develop new and innovative approaches in the field.

As an independent program within a major research university, Museum Studies at KU enables students to develop individualized education plans tailored to their interests. The program is designed to reflect the needs of the museum profession. Graduates gain the skills and experience they need to move immediately into positions of responsibility in the field, whether in collections, public engagement, or administration.

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part below 23 except speaking) 70 (no part below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required Yes
Minimum Verbal: 155
Minimum Analytical Writing: 4
No
Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

Preference for social science or humanities background, but all four-year bachelor’s degrees considered.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Approaches to International Studies (closed course)
  • Students will choose from a list of Area Studies courses for the program in which they wish to study

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.25
No grade lower than a B
Total credits required for degree:
36