Museum Studies Certificate

Museum Studies at Florida State University offers an interdepartmental program leading to a graduate level certificate based on both academic knowledge and on-site training. This grounding in theory and practice culminates in the internship experience with students working alongside professionals in archives, libraries, galleries, and museums.

The Museum Studies certificate is granted as a supplement to a graduate degree program. This dual approach follows the American Association of Museums' recommendations that specialized museum training be combined with one or more academic disciplines as the ideal preparation for a professional career.

To earn the certificate, students complete 19 credit hours divided among two core courses (7 credits), two elective courses (6 credits), and an internship (6 credits). Electives are selected from an approved list. Departments participating in the program determine additional requirements, which may involve special assignments, qualifying papers, and projects.

The program enjoys a collaborative relationship with museums in London, Florence and cities throughout Belgium. FSU's extensive network of international study programs affords additional opportunities for course work and internships.

Application Procedures

Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed at the beginning of the subsequent semester in which they are received. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

NOTE: Applications received after the 15th of the month prior to the beginning of the semester will be held until the following semester. (i.e.: Applications turned in after December 15th will not be submitted to the admissions committee until the Summer semester; Applications turned in after April 15th will not be submitted to the admissions committee until the Fall semester; Applications turned in after August 15th will not be submitted to the admissions committee until the Spring semester.)

A complete application, for students already enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program at FSU, must include the following:

  1. A completed and signed application form.
  2. A one-page typed statement of purpose that explains your reasons for pursuing the certificate in museum studies and your career goals.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One must come from a member of the Museum Studies' steering committee and the second may be from anyone who is familiar with your academic or professional work.
  4. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not the program was completed.

Completed and signed application forms and all accompanying documents may be emailed to Dr. Teri Abstein at or mailed to:

Teri Abstein, PhD
Academic Coordinator
Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program
530 West Call Street
250 Fine Arts Building
Florida State University
P.O. Box 3061140
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1170

For more information, visit the Museum Studies website at

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