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Museum and Field Studies

Students in the program have access to the most extensive library of natural diversity in the state and take classes and conduct research in the recently renovated Bruce Curtis Building. The building houses about 3 million specimens from the CU-Boulder’s Museum of Natural History’s extensive collection and includes a specially designed laboratory classroom, three “smart” classrooms, several laboratories and collection libraries, a walk-in freezer for specimen decontamination and a casting lab to replicate paleontological and archaelogical items.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

The MS in Museum Field Studies requires 32 hours of approved graduate study and 150 hours of internship. Additional requirements are the successful defense of a thesis (thesis plan) or a master's project (nonthesis plan) and successful completion of a comprehensive examination (all students). There is no foreign language requirement.

Admissions Requirements: 

Applicants must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university; appropriate fields include anthropology, biology, geology, geography, history, archival studies, classics, fine arts, and education (other major fields will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00.
  3. Provide GRE scores.
  4. Provide three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. It is suggested that applicants contact potential faculty advisors (e-mail, call or visit) before the application deadline. Please visit for further details.

Minimum Standards for Applicants
In addition to Graduate School standards we look for prior museum experience (either paid or volunteer positions) and a clear professional focus for a specific job or position after graduation. We encourage serious conversation between prospective applicants, Museum and Field Studies director, and relevant faculty prior to application to the program.

Financial Support: 

GA positions (vital to the functions of the museum and our best support and experience for students), fellowships, and limited research/professional support from museum funds and endowments.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Museum and Field Studies Program
Graduate Program Coordinator
218 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0218
Phone: 303-492-5437
Fax: 303-735-0128