BA/MA in Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Museum Studies

CANES students studying ancient art in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Students pursuing a BA in CANES may apply to the GW Museum Studies program in their junior year. Admitted students will first take two graduate classes in CMST over two semesters during their senior year. These classes will apply to the required undergraduate credits in CANES and to the 36-credit MA in Museum Studies. Then, students will begin the Museum Studies MA program in the Fall semester after their Spring BA graduation with 6 graduate credits (2 classes) already completed.

For more information about the combined program, please contact Prof. Laura Schiavo (Museum Studies) or Prof. Elise Friedland (CANES).


Junior Year: Apply by March 15

  1. Submit the Combined Degree application to CCAS.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors to the CMST program head.

There is no application fee. As in all Grad2Grad programs, no GRE is required, and students receive a 10% discount for graduate credits. 

Senior Year: Take two CMST graduate courses

The two courses below are approved by CANES for credit in the major and must be taken during senior year:

  1.   CMST 6701 Museum History and Theory (Fall only)
  2.   CMST 6704 Museums and Cultural Property (Spring only)

Registration must be done through an RTF as the courses are restricted to graduate students. Please contact [email protected] to request assistance with the RTF.