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Museum and Archive Studies

Gain the professional training and internship opportunities you need to work in the museums and archives profession. 

Help Preserve History

Study museum and archive studies in a certificate program. Career options involve helping preserve historical artwork and working as a preservationist in museums, public and private archives or historical organizations. The certificate includes potential internship experiences at the W. H. Over Museum, the University Archives and the National Music Museum.

Learn management practices, such as leadership, organizational behavior and resource development. Cover topics such as exhibition development and design, visitor engagement and museum law and technology.

Degrees & Offerings

Museum and Archive Studies

  Vermillion Main Campus

The museum and archive studies certificate allows you to gain professional training and internship opportunities to gain industry experience. This certificate can be completely embedded into the master's program in history, allowing you to graduate with a master’s degree and certificate in two years.

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Graduate Admissions

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For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to USD Graduate Catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in History.
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At the University of South Dakota, our Department of History houses numerous disciplines that exist at the intersection of curiosity, research, writing, storytelling and the human experience. Find the answers to your questions about people, events, institutions and values with the guidance and support of our exceptional faculty.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of History.
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David Burrow

Chair, History
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Jennifer Beermann

Senior Secretary
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Elise Boxer

Director, Inst of Amer Indian
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William Cooper

Adjunct Instructor
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Zoli Filotas

Assistant Professor
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Sara Lampert

Associate Professor
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Lisa Millen

Adjunct Instructor
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Richard VanLente

Adjunct Instructor

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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Tuition (9 cr.)
Fees (9 cr.)
Books (estimate)

More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

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