Museum Studies Certificate

Degree Granted
Degree Level
Undergraduate Certificate
Garden City

Gain the skills you need for employment in a large or small museum,
historic house, gallery or cultural institution.

Why Earn a Museum Studies Certificate?

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 12% growth for employees in museums and cultural institutions between 2021 and 2031. This rate is “much faster than the average for all occupations.” In fact, “about 4,700 openings for archivists, curators, and museum workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.” While applicants for these positions typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in a related area, a Museum Studies Program (MSP) certificate qualifies you to seek employment in the field—regardless of your major. The specially designed MSP core courses and the Capstone Internship will also provide students wishing to pursue graduate studies with a competitive advantage.

Why Earn a Museum Studies Certificate From Adelphi?

  • Customize your certificate to your interests, major requirements and career plans by choosing from one of three possible tracks: Collections Care and Pre-Conservation, Pre-Curatorial in Anthropology or Art History, or Museum/Gallery Administration and Management.
  • Add a valuable and unique credential to your résumé; our Museum Studies Program is the only one of its kind in the area.
  • Gain a competitive edge in the job market or on your graduate school application by learning from experienced professionals who are well-versed in the needs and expectations for employment in the field.
94%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our baccalaureate graduates who received job offers had them either before graduation or three months after graduation
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Drawing on Adelphi’s proximity to world-class museums, galleries and other cultural institutions on Long Island and in New York City, the Museum Studies Program includes numerous visits to these institutions as part of your core coursework. In your final semester, your studies culminate with a Capstone Internship at a cultural institution connected to your area of interest. This experience allows you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a professional setting, where you’ll further develop your ability to problem solve, master key professional skills and proactively pursue your passions.

In the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Associate Professor Jennifer Maloney discusses the Joan of Arc (1879) by Jules Bastien-Lepage from the artist’s perspective.

Program Info

For Interested Students

The Museum Studies Certificate program is directed by Professor of Anthropology, Hanna Kim, PhD,; and Associate Professor of Art History, Hannah Allen, Please email either director for more information.

Current undergraduate students can combine the program with their majors and minors. Students who are not currently enrolled at Adelphi are welcome to explore the program and can apply to take two required prerequisite courses as a non-degree student. Please note that international students who are not current full-time students at Adelphi may not apply for a visa to take non-degree courses.

Students seeking the certificate must have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 in their major. They will also be interviewed by the program co-directors, who will advise them on which of the three certificate tracks they should pursue.

Before scheduling an interview with the program co-directors, interested students should take at least two of the following three courses:

  • MSP 215: Introduction to Museum Conservation
  • MSP 230: Introduction to Preservation of Architectural and Cultural Heritage
  • MSP 232: Exhibiting Culture in Museums

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  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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