May 20, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook 
2021-2022 Catalog and Handbook

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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Academic Program Manager: Jenna Coplin
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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The Program

The online MA in Museum Studies curriculum allows students to study the background history and theoretical underpinnings of museums broadly while investigating and evaluating the critical importance of education, visitor experience and orientation, administration, technology, and collections management that serve and reinforce the curatorial realm and exhibition content and design. Throughout the curriculum, the underlying and constant thread is diversity and inclusiveness, a critical and often overlooked aspect of current museum practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MA in Museum Studies will be able to:

  1. Analyze theory, history, and background of museums and public culture.
  2. Apply best practices regarding collections acquisitions, archival management, and care.
  3. Evaluate and appraise methods and styles of exhibition content development, delivery, and interpretation geared towards a range of visitors.
  4. Evaluate and appraise methods and styles of exhibition content development, delivery, and interpretation mindful of inclusion and diversity, including, but not limited to visitors with disabilities.
  5. Evaluate, appraise, and distinguish educational aspects of museum practice.
  6. Understand the important need for efficient and integrated administration.
  7. Create and curate a museum exhibition.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation.

Program Requirements

30 credits are required to complete the MA in Museum Studies

  • 18 credits of required coursework
  • 12 credits of elective courses 

Practicum Courses

The first three required courses in the program (MST 600, MST 610, and MST 620) are four credits each. Three credits of coursework will be supplemented and contextualized by a one-credit practicum per course. Utilizing the rich and varied resources of the New-York Historical Society, the practicum will allow students to gain real-life experiences in the practices of curation, collections management, and museum operations. Over the course of 15 hours (per course), students will observe and document how museum and cultural entity professionals approach their work, and will learn how they handle issues facing museum operations.

Note: Onsite participation in the practicums are encouraged, but not required. Online options will be provided for those who are unable to attend in person.

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