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MMEd Museum Education

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

20191.99 USD
14937.58 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Education
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The term museum encompasses a broad range of organisations with a focus on learning in settings outside the traditional classroom. Museums include cultural centres, science centres, historic sites, parks, planetaria, art museums and art galleries. Contemporary museum education establishes museums as innovative learning environments rather than repositories of artefacts. As museums and other informal learning sites contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community.

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Eligibility Criteria

The program normally requires:

  • 18 credits of senior-level coursework or a professional concentration in the area of interest, and
  • a minimum of two years of teaching experience of other relevant professional experience.

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Course Modules

The Master of Museum Education (M.M.Ed.) program consists of a minimum of 30 credits, of which 24 must be courses numbered at the 500-level. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300- or 400-level. Students select either a program consisting entirely of courses (for example, ten 3-credit courses), or 27 credits of coursework, plus a 3-credit graduating project.

For B.C. teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience (e.g., graduating project).

In the 2012/13 Academic Year, only full-time study is available.

The following are required courses (3 credits each):

  • ANTH 518 Museum Methods (Museum Practices)
  • EDCP 565 Teaching in Museums (Teaching in Informal Settings)
  • EDCP 558 Science Learning in Informal Environments (Learning Theory)
  • EDCP 567 Curriculum Issues & Theories in Museums (Curriculum Theory)
  • EDCP 598 Field Experiences (Professional Practice in Museums)
  • EDCP 590 Graduating Paper (Capstone Experience - required for BC Teachers)
  • EDUC 500 Research Methodology in Education (Research Inquiry)

Electives will be chosen from the following list:

  • ANTH 431 (3/6)d Museum Practice and Curatorship
  • ANTH 541 (2-6)d Advanced Seminar and Workshop on Museum Studies
  • CCST 501 (3) Contemporary Contextual Issues for Critical and Curatorial Practice
  • CCST 502 (3) Case Studies in Exhibitions and Institutions
  • EDCP 328 (3) Environmental Education
  • EDCP 447 (3) Technology-based Science Education
  • EDCP 449 (3) Teaching Earth and Space Science Beyond the Textbook
  • EDCP 450 (3) Teaching Life Science Beyond the Textbook
  • EDCP 451 (3) Teaching Physical Science Beyond the Textbook
  • EDCP 504 (3-12)c Review of Research in Art Education: Theory and Practice
  • EDCP 510 (3) Video Ethnography in Educational Research: Culture, Technology, and Interpretation
  • EDCP 512 (3/6)d Educational Action Research
  • EDCP 513 (3) Case-study Research and Cross-Case Analysis
  • EDCP 514 (3) Arts-based Educational Research: A/R/tography
  • EDCP 520 (3) Perspectives, Practice, and Curriculum Issues in Contemporary Art Education
  • EDCP 522 (3) Psychological Foundations of Art Education
  • EDCP 523 (3/6)d Seminar in Art Education
  • EDCP 538 (3) Theory and Research in Environmental Education
  • EDCP 541 (3) Problems in Historical Understanding
  • EDCP 555 (3) Critical Analysis of Curriculum in Science Education
  • EDCP 557 (3) Conceptual and Practical Issues in Teaching and Learning of the Sciences
  • EDCP 559 (3) Research in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences
  • EDCP 566 (3) Curriculum Change, Planning, and Implementation
  • ETEC 521 (3) Indigeneity, Technology, and Education

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How to Apply

Online application form and fee

You may apply online at the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Three reference letters

References must be:

  • Prepared and signed by the referees,
  • Referee’s telephone and email contact information must be provided
  • Referees must hold PhD degrees and faculty-level positions (Instructors, Assistant or Associate Professors, Professors) or an industrial equivalent (i.e., management level scientist)
  • We will accept one reference from a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate
  • We cannot accept references from graduate students or teaching assistants
  • We cannot accept personal or character references
  • Ideally referees should comment on the applicant’s:

Ranking in their program
Strengths and weaknesses
Communication skills
Work ethic
Technical laboratory ability
Ability to perform research
Ability to assess scientific papers
Ability to present seminars
Ability to interact with others in a research setting

Two sets of original transcripts in envelopes sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution

They will require 2 sets of official transcripts to finalize the admissions. International applicants must provide original language transcripts and degree certificates, and certified English translations of both documents. With the new on-line application, transcripts are uploaded for us to review, and  can offer you conditional admissions. However, you will be prevented from registering, if we do not receive your official paper documents. In addition to satisfying the document requirements for admissions, we highly recommend ordering additional copies of official transcripts prior to traveling to Vancouver. These extra documents may be used to support any major scholarship application, if you end up applying for  them. Students are not required to submit UBC transcripts to finalize admissions.


A personal statement

Upload a personal statement which describes your career goals and your proposed research area. You should also state why you feel you will be a successful graduate student and describe the qualities you will bring to the department. This statement should be at least a half page in length and no more than a page long.


Applicants from schools outside of North America whose primary language is not English and/or who received their education and degrees in any language other than English must provide a TOEFL record.


Regardless of citizenship all applicants with degrees from outside of North America must submit a GRE report. Canadian citizens with a degree from a international university must provide a GRE report.

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