how to apply
In selecting students who will benefit most from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and contribute most to the profession, the admissions committee weighs a number of factors: a strong academic record, an interest in public service, excellent writing skills, and a demonstrated committment to the field through museum work in either a staff or volunteer capacity. Knowing that students learn from one another, the committee seeks students with diverse experiences, interests and backgrounds.
Admission to the program is highly competitive; we accept approximately 15 students each fall. To be considered for admission for the Class of 2016, you must submit complete application materials by January 10, 2014.
Especially promising applicants will be invited to Cooperstown for a weekend of interviews March 2014. The CGP admissions committee will make its final decision after Interview Weekend and will notify applicants by April 1, 2014.
To apply you will need to submit:
- A completed application
- A writing sample (5-10 pages from a paper or article you have written)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all previous educational institutions you have attended
- Scores from the GRE General Test
- Personal narrative about 1,000 words (four double-spaced typed pages) We would like to know who you are, how you became interested in a career in museums or historical agencies, what kind of experience you have had, what your career goals are, and how CGP can help you achieve those goals.