Admission deadlines: Fall – July 1 (applications may be considered up to August 1)
Recommendations required: One (1) recommendation; preferably from a museum professional supervisor.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, please state your purpose in pursuing the MCMC graduate certificate. Describe your current and past experience working with museum collections, your academic objectives, career plans, related qualifications, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application form.
It is recommended that you have staff-level access to museum collections and related policies for some of your assignments. Please indicate in your statement which museum will allow you to have such access. Please note that volunteering or interning may grant you the necessary collections access depending on the museum’s policy.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to the program.
The minimum English Language test scores required for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

202-994-6210 (phone)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Required (12 credits)
CMST 6201Introduction to Museum Collections
CMST 6202Collections Management: Practical Applications
CMST 6203Preventive Conservation Concepts
CMST 6204Preventive Conservation Techniques