Secure your position at the forefront of leadership and change in the rapidly shifting museum world. Our forward-thinking interdisciplinary degree integrates core coursework and internships in your choice of Anthropology, Art, Arts Management, Classics and Media Study.
A combination of an advanced degree and professional skills are critical for success in today’s competitive job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Candidates seeking archivist, curator, museum technician, or conservator jobs should expect very strong competition. Graduates with highly specialized training, a master’s degree, and internship or volunteer experience should have the best job prospects.”
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Work with classmates on real-world projects in our community and throughout the world. Take advantage of opportunities for specialized and interdisciplinary research with nationally and internationally renowned faculty members and scholars.
In addition, Department of Anthropology, Art, Arts Management, Classics and Media Study faculty members are leaders in these noted UB research organizations:
Faculty members and graduate students collaborate with leading museums and organization throughout the U.S. and across the globe including:
Graduate students can apply for up $1,500 in support for research-related projects through the Mark Diamond Research Fund.
Determine the origin, history, and importance of many of the objects you will work with throughout your career. In close coordination with a faculty advisor, tackle an approved research project and write a research paper or thesis on a topic that fascinates you. Recent student research projects include:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
The Arts Services Initiative of WNY posts internship opportunities for arts and cultural organizations throughout the year.
Western New York is home to over 100 art galleries and museums, and at least another 100 cultural organizations. If you can’t find an organization with which to intern, volunteer or participate, you’re just not trying! Below are just a few of the local organizations that provide opportunities for UB student interns and graduates:
Major Museums and Galleries
Participate in department and program talks, colloquia, conferences, faculty candidate job-talks and interviews, meetings and other events.
Each semester, engage with a diverse group of professionals, both in origin and scope of work, at seminars at workshops. Through this interaction, think outside your cultural and professional norms in experiencing, developing, producing and managing the arts.
In addition to building camaraderie with other graduate students and faculty you will:
Recent guests included:
Understand how art functions within cultures and political systems outside of their norm and across the globe. Work with artists, venues, institutions, and management companies that employ various different systems of subventions, legislations and policies.
Students have the opportunity to participate in international field schools and study abroad experiences to further their understanding of museum studies in different contexts. In turn, national and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures and partake in conferences to expose students to a multitude of world views.
In 2018, students participating in the Arts Management Program’s summer abroad program met with current Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and visited some of the country’s leading art institutions. Previous destinations include:
Produce an original contribution to the field, incorporating theory, methods, coursework and research into your Master’s Thesis. Showcase your ability to design, manage and report on topics typically required for professional employment, highlighting your competence across several areas within Critical Museum Studies.
Examples of recent Master's Thesis includes:
Effective archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators are able to store and easily retrieve records and documents. They must also develop logical systems of storage for the public use.
For example, museum registrars are responsible for developing and maintaining records management systems, with individual files for each object in the collection. A Critical Museum Studies graduate student interned at the Anderson Gallery and was so successful, he was hired as the full-time Registrar thereafter.
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Join like-minded peers in the UB Anthropology Graduate Student Association and other student associations and clubs and participate in poster competitions, travel to conferences, network and have some fun with colleagues.
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through participation in regional and national professional organizations including
Become the face and extend the brand of your organization with courteous, friendly and effective customer service skills in order to influence and assist museum guests, donors and the media.
In addition to internship and placements opportunities described in “Professional Conduct” above, become a docent, volunteer or attend events at one or many of our community’s other thriving arts or cultural organizations:
Develop and use complex databases related to archival and other materials stored and accessed by museum audiences. Master the latest social media to ensure your organization’s communication is relevant and delivered effectively.
Recent projects include:
Participate in Digital Dialogues, a series of on-campus workshops higlighting ongoing digital scholarship across campus by faculty, staff, and students, bridging the disciplines to spark conversations on creating and using digital tools.
* Art Educator
* Development Director
* Executive Director
* Museum Technician
* Tourism Specialist
* Collection Specialist
* Community Engagement Officer
* Cultural Heritage Manager
The University at Buffalo is committed to providing a comprehensive, immersive graduate school experience with our interdisciplinary, two-year program. The second year of the program is centered on advanced applied learning requirements including an internship and Master’s thesis.
Learn more about Admissions requirements, process and deadlines.