Museum Studies

Learn about the history and philosophy of different types of museums, about the different skills that are needed in museum administration, museum education, collections management and care, archival management, and exhibit design, as well as courses on material culture, decorative arts, historic preservation, and museum ethics.


Museum Studies provides students with a solid understanding to the museum field, to different aspects of the museum profession, and to the study of artifacts of aesthetic or historic significance.

Masters Degree

The Department of Museum Studies offers a Masters of Arts degree in museum studies, which combines academic and professional training for students preparing to be the next generation of museum leaders. The master's program consists of 36 semester hours.

Undergraduate and Graduate Minor

Students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees in other disciplines at Baylor may also take a minor in museum studies. A graduate minor must complete 9 semester hours and the undergraduate minor must complete 18 semester hours.

Experiential Learning

Located within the Mayborn Museum Complex which surrounds students with many academic and career opportunities. This multidisciplinary museum serves as a living laboratory where students apply their classroom learning by participating in all aspects of the museum's daily operations.


Undergraduate and graduate Museum Studies students are encouraged to complete a summer internship. We have had placements at institutions across the United States.

Field Trips

Because our program is a unique blending of the academic and the professional, many classes go on the road, visiting museums large and small in Waco and beyond.

Financial Information

The Department of Museum Studies and Baylor University offer a variety of funding options for graduate students.


The department offers two types of scholarships on a competitive basis. Tuition scholarships provide tuition remission for up to 9 hours per semester. Endowed scholarships are credited to the student’s Baylor account and may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses.


The department and its partner institutions offer several graduate assistantships in campus museums, libraries, and archives, and at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Students work up to 20 hours per week. Stipends are set by the host institution and range from $12 to $22 per hour.

Other Resources

Other forms of financial aid, including loans and federal work study, are available through Student Financial Services.

Department of Museum Studies

1300 S. University Parks Drive
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 710-1233