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Museum Management Certificate

Our certificate program will give you specialized, hands-on museum training to complement your other academic studies. We'll use McKissick Museum as a teaching tool to train you to work in one of our nation's rapidly growing institutions. 


You're eligible for our certificate program if you are enrolled in a graduate program at the University of South Carolina or if you already hold an M.A. or Ph.D. and are seeking an additional credential. 


If you're already enrolled in a University of South Carolina graduate program, you can apply for the certificate program through the Graduate School. Inform the program director, Dr. Lana Burgess that you have applied, as this will alert her to be on the lookout for your application.

If you already have a master's or doctoral degree, you can contact the program director at for application information.  

Need more information? 

Dr. Lana Burgess
Program Director and Faculty Curator
Phone: 803-777-5486



As a student in the certificate program, you'll have the opportunity to complete an internship at a museum. You're welcome to pursue an internship anywhere in the nation. If you're already employed at a museum, you'll have the opportunity to work on a specific project or problem within the institution. Recent internships include:

  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Daniel Boone Homestead (PA)
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (WA)
  • Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park (TX)
  • Historic Columbia Foundation
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA)
  • Magnolia Mound Plantation (LA)
  • McKissick Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA)
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • Ward M. Canaday Center, University of Toledo (OH)

Graduate Bulletin

For detailed program information including curriculum and requirements, please view the academic bulletin, the university's official document of record concerning graduate-level academic programs and regulations. 

You can find our Gainful Employment Disclosure and the USC Graduate School Gainful Employment page on the Graduate School website. There are also a number of resources for housing, scholarships and more. 

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