The museum studies certificate is a flexible program designed to allow students to tailor a program to their background and primary work experience. Each student is assigned an academic adviser who works closely with the student to create an appropriate program. The certificate in museum studies can be applied toward a master’s degree program at Buffalo State in art education (K-12), history, social studies education (7-12), creative studies, or applied economics. Students interested in combining the museum studies certificate with a degree program are advised to first discuss this option with an adviser from the corresponding degree program.
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1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
2. Two letters of recommendation.
3. A 500-word personal statement describing the applicant’s graduate education
goals and interest in the museum field.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program
section in this catalog.
Required Courses 6 credits
HIS 660 Museums and Society
HIS 665 Critical Issues in Museum Studies
Elective Courses * 12 credits
AED 505 Foundations in Museum Education Studies
COM 519 Communication for Leaders and Managers
CRS 559 Principles of Creative Problem Solving
CRS 560 Methods, Theories, and Models of Creative Learning
DES 640 Graduate Studio in Design
ECO 508 Applied Macroeconomic Theory
HIS 500 Studies in American History
HIS 590 Independent Study
HIS 620 Exceptional Hispanic Individuals: Historic and Cultural Concerns
HIS 623 Problems in U.S. History Since
HIS 688 Museum Internship (with approval of adviser)
HIS 709 Local History: Research Methods and Techniques
Or other course(s) under advisement
Total Required Credit Hours 18 credits
* Selected under advisement
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Tuition: $6,660.00 
Fees: $453.60 
Room and Board: $0.00 
Books and Supplies: $990.00 per academic year
On-Time Completion Rate: Not Applicable
Normal Time to Complete Program: 32 Weeks (18 credit hours)
Median Title IV Debt: Not Applicable
Median Private Debt: Not Applicable
Number of Students Completing Program between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012: 2
Number of Students Completing with any Student Loan Debt: Not Applicable
 Completed using fall 2011 and fall 2012 resident tuition and fees. Assumes part-time tuition (9 credit hours) for 2 semesters.
 See footnote 1.
 Room and Board are optional for graduate students. The cost was $10,470.00 for the 2011-2012 academic year. For room and board options, go to the residence halls website found at http://www.buffalostate.edu/residencelife/index.xml