Texas Tech University

Heritage and Museum Sciences, MA

The Master of Arts in Heritage and Museum Sciences offers a specialization in either museum science or heritage management. The specialization in museum science emphasizes thorough preparation in the broad spectrum of museum theory and practice. Graduates from the museum science specialization of the program have a comprehensive background in museum studies and are prepared as generalists in a number of sub disciplines, including collections management and care; exhibitions and interpretation; museology; museum management; and curatorship in anthropology, art, history, paleontology, or the natural sciences.

The heritage management specialization emphasizes extensive investigation in the field of heritage management. Graduates from the heritage management specialization of the program are prepared to enhance local, regional, and national sociological and scientific values; encourage preservation and stewardship of cultural and natural heritage; advocate public service; and direct educational programing designed to derive maximum advantage from innovative technology without the loss of cultural identity and biodiversity. The heritage management specialization is configured to allow students to emphasize areas of special interest such as heritage administration, conservation, interpretation, heritage education, and use (heritage tourism and ecotourism). The specialization offers both theoretical and practical coursework designed to prepare graduates to be leaders in the heritage management field.

Prior to admission consideration, students must complete the online application through the Graduate School and satisfy the requirements of the university. Once that process is concluded, program admission and competitive scholarship awards are based on three general categories of criteria: academic record, test scores, individual profile.

For additional information about the Heritage and Museum Sciences program 


Dr. Eileen Johnson
Horn Professor of Museum Science;
Director, Academic and Curatorial Programs,
Museum of Texas Tech University

Assistant Director:

Sally Shelton
Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Chair,
Assistant Director for Academic Programs