As a Master of Arts degree student at the University of Memphis, I was fortunate to be able to take 7000-level courses in museum studies that did not count towards my MA degree. The PhD program at MTSU welcomes transfer equivalencies to count towards the degree from other institutions.
According to the PhD handbook, “In accordance with university policies and regulations, Ph.D. students may receive up to 12 semester hours of credit following a review of the student’s previous academic work and his or her portfolio of professional activities during the seven years prior to entering the program. Transfer credit may be awarded for previous academic coursework that has not been used to satisfy requirements for an earned graduate degree. Credit by examination may be awarded based on verifiable products of professional practice.”
I requested and was granted 12 transfer credit hours which are as follows: HIST 7535 – Essentials of Museum Management, HIST 7530 – Seminar in Administration of Historical Organizations, HIST 7220 – Seminar in Public Programming, and HIST 7545 – Seminar in Collections Management.
The letter I wrote to the Public History Committee requesting transfer equivalencies is available here, with the table of contents of appendices that describe the information included for support.
Appendix A: ANTH 7661, Museum Practices, Presented for course equivalency transfer credit for HIST 7535 Essentials of Museum Management
Appendix B: ANTH 7662, Museums and Communities, Presented for course equivalency transfer credit for HIST 7530 Seminar in Administration of Historical Organizations
Appendix C: Programming Examples, Presented for review to satisfy the requirements for HIST 7220 Seminar in Public Programming for Historical Organizations and Archives
Appendix D: Collections Management, Presented for review to satisfy the requirements for HIST 7545 Seminar in Collections Management for Historical Organizations and Archives
More information about my Museums Studies program at the University of Memphis is available here.
A complete museums studies portfolio of work I completed at the UofM is available here.