The Museum Studies Program is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to provide students with academic training in essential aspects of museology. The curriculum equips students with a range of museum skills and enables them to tailor learning to their career objectives. The Program offers two courses of study: 1) an undergraduate certificate and 2) a graduate minor.
The Program prepares students for a variety of museum related occupations, including: collections managers, registrars, museum educators, exhibit developers, park interpreters, curators, and administrators. The Museum Studies Program also is valuable to students who wish to become outdoor educators, interpreters, or naturalists. Some graduates may choose to pursue a Ph.D. to prepare for advanced curatorial work in museums.
The Museum Studies Program brings together a unique consortium of UNM Museums, courses, laboratories, researchers, museum professionals, and educators in a statewide and national network to train qualified students for teaching, research, curation, and public service in museum contexts.
The Museum Studies program is supported by UNM's five museums: the Harwood Museum of Art, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Meteorite Museum, the Museum of Southwestern Biology, and the UNM Art Museum.