Rochester Institute of Technology

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Museum Studies BS

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in Museum Studies is an innovative, technically-based program that prepares students for careers in public and/or private museums, archives, libraries, historical societies, historic sites, historic houses, and photography collections.  The program includes introductory and advanced courses that focus on history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting, exhibition design and development, public history, collections management, fundraising and grant writing, and a range of technologies.  All of the courses include hands-on experiences and many include field trips.  The program has two professional tracks which provide contemporary competencies. 

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree


  • There are approximately 35 students in the program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete one internship or co-op work assignment, ideally during the summer of their 2nd or 3rd year. Internships or co-ops during the academic year are allowed, however a minimum of 200 hours must be completed.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $13.56                     $9.50 - $19.00
BS:             ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

·         All students are familiar with the history and theory of exhibitions and with the process of designing an exhibition.
·         All students are familiar with the technologies involved in museum work, including databases, website design, and social media.
·         All students are knowledgeable about specific areas of museum practice.
·         All students have experience in fundraising and development, and have written a grant.
·         All students have an understanding of the public role of the museum and its mission as an educational force in the community.
·         All students are familiar with the function, mission, and work of an archive.

Equipment & Facilities

Students have access to collections owned by the university and galleries/exhibition spaces on campus.

Job Titles

Assistant Registrar, Collections Management Assistant, Curatorial Assistant, Exhibition Preparator, Assistant Educator, Development Officer, Library Assistant, Archives Assistant; Digitization Technician

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Rochester Museum & Science Center, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Eastman Kodak Company, The Military History Society of Rochester, Visual Studies Workshop, George Eastman Museum, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Public Library, Ganondagan, The Walt Disney Company, RIT-NTID - Dyer Arts Center, Global Experiences Inc., Perkins Mansion, Rochester Museum & Science Center, University of Michigan Library, Smithsonian

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the Career Services Coordinator who works with the Museum Studies program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Posted in College of Liberal Arts Tags Collge of Liberal Arts