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

Master of Arts

Advanced training in visual arts administration and management will prepare you for a creative career in art galleries, museums, auctions, art fairs, curatorship and collections management.

Program Overview

Accelerate your career in the arts.

Formerly called Gallery & Exhibits Specialization (MGES), Western’s M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) program provides a fully-accredited, professional terminal master’s degree. The program focuses on preparing you for life in the art business by building the skills needed for success in the gallery and museum sectors.

We offer a flexible, “hybrid” low-residency program that consists of online courses you can complete from anywhere in the world, combined with a two-week summer practicum on campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery or museum of your choice. You can progress through the program at a customized rate and intensity that fit your life and work commitments. If you enroll as a full-time student, you can complete the degree in just 15 months. If you choose to undertake the studies part-time, you can complete in two to four years. MGMM is offered at a competitive state-university tuition, with scholarships and financial aid available. International students may apply for visas.

The business of art

Western’s MGMM program prepares you for a career in managing, collecting and selling art as well as designing, installing and curating exhibits.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

The M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) is a professional terminal degree specifically focused on the content understanding, methods, and skills necessary for professions in arts and cultural heritage management. This includes art gallery, museum, and collections management, directorship, and sales. The program emphasizes the development of practical, managerial, and entrepreneurial approaches to the increasingly complex demands in the professional sector of exhibiting and collecting art and cultural heritage objects. The MGMM offers a "hybrid" low­residency learning environment of on line courses, combined with residencies in both the program practicum on the Western campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery, cultural heritage site, or museum. 

Program Goals

  • Improving student understanding in the demanding professional world of gallery and museum management, including practical, managerial and entrepreneurial solutions.
  • Developing students' capacity for inter-disciplinary critical thinking, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stakeholders in the gallery and museum management sector.
  • Enhancing career opportunities in arts and cultural heritage related disciplines.

Student Outcomes

Students 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 art gallery and museum 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 exhibition specialists for art and cultural heritage venues, including a wide variety of contemporary, historic, and antique art and material culture objects, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Plan, develop and execute gallery and exhibition 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.
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Two weeks prior to fall semester start date.  
MGMM 600 Orientation and Practicum 3
Regular Fall Semester  
MGMM 601 Exhibition Principles I 3
MGMM 612 Business Principles I 3
MGMM 621 Curatorship Principles I 3
MGMM 631 Curating the Past 3
 Credits15
Spring
MGMM 602 Exhibition Principles II 3
MGMM 613 Business Principles II 3
MGMM 622 Curatorship Principles II 3
 Credits9
Summer
MGMM 691 Master's Project 3
MGMM 699 Program Internship 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits30

Spotlight

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

Stephanie Edwards

Alumni

“At Western I got to work with professors and people from all over the country. This made for a more holistic understanding.”

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

Torrie Nickel

Alumni

“It all comes down to the fact that Western professors are very good at noticing when someone can excel,” says Nickel. “They see the possibility in someone and they foster and take people under their wings.”

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

Kelsey Sloane

Staff

Careers

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News & Research

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Western Professor Receives NEA Grant

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MGES student lands Gallery Manager position from internship

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Additional Resources

Application Procedures

MGMM Application Procedures Complete an online admissions application here. Accepting applications now. Admissions Requirements An application for admission to graduate study. A $50 non-refundable …

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Course Requirements

Course Requirements A minimum of 30 credits is required for completion of the MGMM degree. A final program portfolio of completed course and capstone projects is also required. All students must …

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Summer Session

MGMM Summer Session All new MGMM students spend approximately two weeks on the Western campus to take MGMM 600, 3 credits, Orientation and Practicum. MGMM 600 provides an introduction to and …

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Tuition & Financial Aid

MGMM Tuition & Financial Aid Total Cost: $20,350 (30 credits @ $675/credit, plus $100 orientation fee in Year 1). Students typically enroll part time and do not take the full 15 credits/semester. …

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What is Gallery and Museum Management?

Western’s M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) program is a fully-accredited, professional terminal degree specifically focused on the content understanding, methods and skills necessary …

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Campus Location

Western Colorado University
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Quigley Hall
Gunnison, CO 81231