CMS Program Updates
In 2016 and 2017, the AMA worked with a consultant to conduct a
multi-year review of the CMS Program and Professional Development
in the museum sector. This review included a member survey and
stakeholder consultations with CMS participants, graduates, and
instructors, along with other Museum Studies programs across the
country and across the sector. This review aligned the CMS
curriculum to the Standard Practices Handbook, 3rd
Edition, the AMA's Sustainability Working Group Report, and
trends within the museum sector.
What will change?
The format of the CMS Program will mostly remain the same. The
courses are aligned to the sections of the Standard Practices
Handbook, 3rd Edition, drawing on industry
trends and the knowledge of leaders in the sector.
The largest change impacts the Museums and Society
course, which was previously intended as an introduction to the
Program. Museums and Society will now become a capstone
course within the Program, drawing on information, knowledge, and
experience gained by participants throughout the Program, and
applying that knowledge to bigger trends in the sector, such as
sustainability, social responsibility, community engagement, and
New participants will now be required to apply to the Program
for a fee of $95 for members and $120 for non-members. This
enrollment fee includes a copy of the Standard Practices
Handbook, 3rd Edition, and an introductory
webinar. This webinar outlines the expectations and requirements of
the Program, and introduces concepts such as the role of museums in
society and museums and public trust. All Program participants must
own a copy of the Standard Practices Handbook,
3rd Edition, as it is the primary textbook
for all courses.
I'm a current CMS Participant. How do changes to the
Program affect me?
Participants who have already received credit for
Museums and Society can continue to take the Program as
usual, with the option of enrolling in the new Museums and
Society Capstone Course.
Participants who have not already received credit for
Museums and Society are required to apply to the Program
and take the webinar with all new students.
For information about the CMS Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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