MA in Museum Studies

Designing spaces for community engagement and public dialogue. The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in museum studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic.

Our sixteen-month curriculum is flexible, providing students with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience to assume a variety of roles within cultural, artistic, and heritage organizations.

The program prepares students for positions of leadership in artistic, cultural, educational and heritage organizations and for long-term professional growth. The curriculum consists of core seminars, hands-on practica, one-on-one advising and mentoring, electives tailored to students' interests and a full-time summer internship in an institution of the student's choice.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • articulate a critical understanding of the histories, challenges, and methodologies related to museums as complex public service organizations
  • analyze institutional practices in light of USF’s mission of social justice
  • apply skills and knowledge essential for successful professional patterns of behavior and practice in all types of museums and like organizations


During the summer semester, students complete a 4-unit internship in the location of their choice, supervised by an internship coordinator who leads the accompanying mentoring and online discussion and assignments. Students spend 35 hours per week at their internship over a 12-week period.


In the final semester, students study the principles and techniques of project management and complete a museum project management capstone course, supervised by faculty and culminating in a final paper and public presentation that synthesize their learning experience in the program.

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32,160 USD
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