Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Master of Arts Program

Program Code: MA-NS

Major Code: MST

HEGIS 1099

History and Social Studies Education Department

Andrew D. Nicholls, Chair

Cynthia Conides, Program Coordinator

Classroom Building C205, (716) 878-5412


The Museum Studies Master of Arts program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in museums or related cultural institutions. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including both theoretical instruction and practical experience to prepare students for museum careers. In addition to a set of core courses, students specialize in one of three fields of museum work. Each student works closely with an academic advisor to develop a program that will position him or her as an innovator who will serve the broad and changing needs of both collections and communities.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale).
  2. Three 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

9 cr

MST 601

Theory and Method in Museum Studies

MST 660

Museums and Society

CRS 559

Principles of Creative Problem Solving

Collections Management and Curatorial Track

12 cr

MST 620

Collections Management

MST 621

Registration Methods

MST 622

Researching and Presenting Museum Collections

MST 623

Digital Music Collections

MST 624

Museum Archives

Other course(s) under advisement

Visitor Experience and Education Track

12 cr

MST 630

Visitor Experience in Museums


Learning from Museums


Teaching with Historic Places

AED 505

Foundations in Museum Education Studies

AED 604

Fundamentals of Educational Programming for Museums

EDC 617

Educational Technology for Informal Learning Environments

SPF 526

School Communication and Public Interaction

EXE 500

Individuals with Special Needs

Other course(s) under advisement

Museum Operations Track

12 cr

MST 640

Museum Administration

MST 641

Revenue Generation for Museums

MST 643

Museum Marketing and Public Relations

BUS 545

Basic Accounting for Business and Non-business Organizations

BUS 688

Leadership in Organizations

COM 519

Communication for Leaders and Managers

Other course(s) under advisement

All Tracks

6-9 cr

MST 590

Independent Study

MST 688

Museum Internship (3, 6)

All Tracks

3-6 cr

MST 795

Master's Thesis (6)



MST 690

Master's Project (3)

Total Required Credit Hours

33 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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