Master of Art in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

The Master of Art in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) is a fully-accredited, professional terminal degree specifically focused on the content understanding, methods, and skills necessary for professions in arts management; art gallery, art museum, and art collections management, directorship, and sales; and exhibits specialization (design, proprietorship, installation, curatorship). Western’s MGMM program emphasizes the development of practical, managerial, and entrepreneurial approaches to increasingly complex demands in the professional sector of exhibiting, collecting, and selling art objects. The MGMM offers a “hybrid” low-residency learning environment of online courses, combined with residencies in both the program practicum on the Western campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery or museum.Apply to MGMM     Request Information about MGMMMaster in Gallery Management and Exhibits SpecializationFor MGMM program credit and course requirements, please click on the “Course Requirements” link in the upper left hand menu.Program Goals:Improving student understanding in the demanding professional world of gallery management and exhibits specialization, including practical, managerial and entrepreneurial solutions. Developing students’ capacity for inter-disciplinary critical thinking, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stake-holders in the gallery management and exhibits specialization sector. Enhancing career opportunities in arts related disciplines.Student OutcomesGraduates of the MGMM program will be able to:Integrate previous related academic studies, experience, and interests with the education and professional training of this degree program.Effectively support the realistic demands of arts/gallery management, in both the artistic and the business dimensions of the field, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.Be fully proficient as exhibits specialists for art and related exhibits, including a wide variety of contemporary, historic, and antique art objects, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.Plan, develop and execute gallery and exhibit design and layout, synthesizing and implementing knowledge of aesthetic and design principles, theory and best practices, CAD design tools, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations.Continue to develop knowledge and experience in areas of interest beyond graduation, implementing the program readings, tools, and educational materials.Program PrerequisitesA BA or BFA degree required before attending first semester in MGMM Program.Evidence of a program of studies (major or minor, or extensive course work – 9 or more courses) must be demonstrated in one of the following or related disciplines:Studio ArtArt HistoryMarketing/Business/EntrepreneurshipNon-Profit LeadershipCulture StudiesHistoryAnthropology/ArcheologyGallery Management or Museum Studies Admissions CriteriaA holistic package balancing academic excellence with experience in arts leadership is encouraged. Admissions packages will include:Transcripts showing a recommended 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses.An eight hundred-to-one thousand word personal statement describing the applicant’s experience and career interests in the art, gallery, museum, and/or cultural heritage sector, and commitment to the arts or cultural heritage.A writing sample of eight-ten pages.Three letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields.Apply now for acceptance into Western’s MGMM. NOTE: FEE WAIVED FOR APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN JUNE 2016 (for 2016/17 academic year). This program is Colorado Commission of Higher Education and HLC approved. Apply to MGMM

Areas of Study

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

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Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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