Cooperstown Graduate Program


curriculum introduction

The CGP curriculum balances museum studies with the study of history and material culture. Core and elective courses in research, history, object study, administration, and education provide an excellent foundation for the development of museum programs and exhibitions. The coursework at CGP provides students with professional experience including creating programming and exhibitions for museums in the region, acting as consultants, and working on strategic plans, feasibility studies, historic furnishing reports, and collections plans.

Each student completes a thesis or thesis project based on original research. Students work with faculty to chose an area of interest and narrow it into a thesis topic by the beginning of their second semester. Projects involve a similar amount of research, but result in a different end product, such as an exhibition script, a museum plan, or an interpretive program.

Click here to view an archive of CGP thesis titles.

Field trips provide additional opportunities to learn about museum work directly from professionals. In recent years, students have traveled to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal for week-long field trips, and to museums such as The Corning Museum of Glass, The New York State Museum, and The Strong National Museum of Play on day trips.