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M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts

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Master of Art in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM)

If you aspire to a career in managing, collecting and selling art as well as designing, installing and curating exhibits, you can achieve your goals and expedite your education in Western’s M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management 3+2 program.

Program Overview

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Prepare yourself to thrive in the art world.

In the MGMM 3+2 program, you’ll earn your bachelor’s degree in Art or History and M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) in just five years. The program provides advanced-level training in visual arts administration and management, designed for careers in art galleries, museums, auctions, art fairs, curatorship and collections management.

Through the B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History & Theory, you’ll build a strong foundation in Western and non-Western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills. In the B.A. in History with an emphasis in Public History, you’ll be prepared with the historical foundations and communications tools needed to effectively engage the public with the past. Overall, the M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) offers a professional terminal master’s degree focused on preparing students for life in the art world.

A love for art

The MGMM 3+2 program provides advanced-level training in visual arts administration and management, designed for careers in art galleries, museums, auctions, art fairs, curatorship and collections management.

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 Public History Emphasis requires a minimum of 65 credits, including the required 33 credit History Core, 23 credits of required supporting courses and 6 credits of designated elective courses.

Course List
Code Title Credits
HIST 200Historical Inquiry3
HIST 370Public History3
HIST 371Oral History Workshop3
HIST 372Monuments and Museums3
HIST 373History of the National Park Service3
HIST 399Internship in History3
HIST 402Engaging the Past3
Select two of the following:6
HIST 100
Topics in World History (GT-HI1)
HIST 126
U.S. History to 1865 (GT-HI1)
HIST 127
U.S. History Since 1865 (GT-HI1)
HIST 128
Environmental History of North America (GT-HI1)
And six credits of Upper Division History electives6
Total Credits33
Course List
Code Title Credits
Required Supporting Courses
ANTH 107Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)3
ANTH 219Archaeology (with laboratory)4
ANTH 230Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)4
ANTH 377Cultural Resource Management3
COM 231Stagecraft I3
ENVS 100Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)3
GEOG 222Our Digital Earth3
Four credits of the following:4
BIOL 130
Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)
BIOL 135
Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)
BIOL 151
Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)
GEOL 101
Physical Geology (GT-SC2)
GEOL 105
Physical Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)
Six credits of the following:6
ACC 201
Introduction to Financial Accounting
ANTH 218
Biological Anthropology (with laboratory)
ANTH 344
Native North America
ANTH 467
Ethnography Field School
ANTH 469
Archaeology Field School
ART 222
Art History I
ART 223
Art History II (GT-AH1)
ART 321
American Art: Colonial to Modern
BUAD 185
Business Communication
BUAD 210
Legal Environment of Business
BUAD 270
Principles of Marketing
BUAD 300
Business Ethics
COM 205
Communication Arts I
COM 274
Public Relations Communication
COM 305
Communication Arts II
COM 323
Media/ Arts Management
COM 346
Multimedia Communication
CS 120
Professional Computer Skills
CS 160
Introduction to Web Design
GEOG 120
Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2)
GEOG 340
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 371
UAV Imagery Acquisition
GEOG 372
Satellite Remote Sensing
GEOG 375
Web GIS
GEOG 460
Geospatial Analysis
GEOG 482
Advanced Applications in GIS
GEOG 499
Internship in Geography
POLS 282
Issues in State and Local Government
ROE 230
Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History
ROE 235
Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education
Total Credits33
Course List
Code Title Credits
Core MGMM Courses:
MGMM 600Orientation and Practicum3
MGMM 601Exhibition Principles I3
or MGMM 612 Business Principles I
MGMM 602Exhibition Principles II3
or MGMM 613 Business Principles II
Total Credits9

Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses listed above, University defined General Education, and elective requirements totaling 120 credits (with 40 at the 300-level or higher), students are eligible for their B.A. conferral. Students electing to complete MGMM must follow the balance of their declared emphasis curriculum.

For a full description of the required Graduate coursework, please see the MGMM program in the Western Graduate Catalog

Capstone Course Requirement

The following course in the History Major fulfills the Capstone Course Requirement: HIST 402 ENGAGING THE PAST.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Major: B.A. in Public History and M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (3 + 2)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ANTH 107 Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3) 3
ENG 102 Writing and Rhetoric I (GT-CO1) 3
HIST 1XX 100-level HIST (GT-HI1) 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2) 3
MATH 113 Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1) 3
 Credits16
Spring
ANTH 218 Biological Anthropology (with laboratory) 4
ENG 103 Writing and Rhetoric II (GT-CO2) 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
HIST 1XX 100-level HIST (GT-HI1) 3
HIST 200 Historical Inquiry 3
 Credits16
Year Two
Fall
ANTH 219 Archaeology (with laboratory) 4
GEOG 222 Our Digital Earth 3
Rel. Field Public History elective (related field) 3-4
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/Lab (BIOL 130+ BIOL 135; BIOL 150; or GEOL 101+ GEOL 105) 3
 Credits13-14
Spring
HIST 370 Public History 3
ANTH 230 Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory) 4
ANTH 377 Cultural Resource Management 3
COM 231 Stagecraft I 3
 Credits13
Summer
HIST 371 Oral History Workshop 3
HIST 373 History of the National Park Service 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
HIST 399 Internship in History 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
HIST 3XX Upper-division history elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
HIST 372 Monuments and Museums 3
HIST 3XX Upper-division history elective 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
 Credits15
Summer
MGMM 600 Orientation and Practicum 3
 Credits3
Year Four
Fall
Elective Elective 3
Elective Elective (upper-division) 3
Elective Elective (upper-division) 3
MGMM 601 Exhibition Principles I 3
 Credits12
Spring
ElectiveElective 4
ElectiveElective 3
HIST 402 Engaging the Past 3
MGMM 602
or MGMM 613
Exhibition Principles II
or Business Principles II
3
 Credits13
 Total Credits122-123

Spotlight

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2

Kelsey Sloane

Alumna

Kelsey Sloane is a curator, writer, and arts administrator from Troy, New York. She received her MA in Gallery Management & Exhibition Specialization (MGES, now MGMM) from Western Colorado University in 2020, and completed her BA with a dual degree in Art History and Arts Management from Purchase College in 2016.

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Degree Details

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2

Graduate in just 5 years with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

  • B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History & Theory: A strong foundation in Western and non-Western art history and in theory, emphasizing the development of solid research, writing and presentation skills.
  • B.A. in History with an emphasis in Public History: Prepares students with the historical foundations and communications tools needed to effectively engage the public with the past.
  • M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM): A professional terminal master’s degree focused on preparing students for life in the art world.

Fast track your education

MGMM 3+2 students earn their bachelor’s degree in Art or History and M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) in just five years.

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M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2

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Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

Art

  • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
  • Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
  • Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.

History

  • Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites, to study the role of commemoration and memory.
  • History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
  • History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
  • Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
  • Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.

Gallery experience

Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.

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How It Works – MGMM 3+2

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Tuition & Aid

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