Master of Art Programs in Museology

Compare 22 Masters of Arts in Museology

Museology

It may seem odd to study about places where people study, like museums, but that is partly what students of museology programs do. Earning an MA in museology allows degree holders to run and curate museums and exhibits.

What is an MA in Museology? Since museums are constantly changing and updating, it is crucial for them to employ staff members who understand how to build and maintain both informational and exciting exhibits. In order to keep operating, most museums depend on donations from supporters and from visitors. This means that the quality of the displays is crucial to the future success of the museum in question. Studying museology is a great way to gain the skills needed to keep museums from all disciplines open and functioning.

Almost without exception, museums hire only professionally educated candidates for the top curative and management positions. The best way to receive such an education is by enrolling in a museum studies MA program.

The cost of obtaining an MA in Museum Studies varies significantly from one school to another. Many students find that price is not the biggest issue, but rather the quality of the education is the most important factor when selecting between MA programs.

Graduates with an MA in Museology most often desire to work in museums, and the job market is particularly competitive since the number of museums is somewhat limited.  Although many people may think of only art museums as potential places for jobs, holders of an MA in Museology can also find work at  zoos, aquariums, universities, national conservatories, children’s museums, and many other institutes of learning.

In order to get the best education possible, interested students must first enroll in a program that caters to their individual needs and skills. One of the best ways to be matched with a perfect museology program is through an online MA search service. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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M.A. in Museum Professions

Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA South Orange

Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees. [+]

Overview

Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees.

The M.A. program in Museum Professions prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical. Its curriculum is informed by guidelines of the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums and aims at developing skills -- in such areas as professional museum work, research, technology, leadership, creative problem solving, and advocacy -- as well as values, including ethical and professional behavior, respect for cultural diversity, and appreciation of the value of museum traditions.... [-]


Master Art Education in Curatorial Studies

Zurich University of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Switzerland Zürich

The professional communication of culture, art, architecture, and design is essential. Education, effective staging, and communication in the area of arts and design have an important role to play, in both the public and private sectors, reflecting the shifts currently taking place in cultural production and the creative and cultural industries. In this context, the program in Curatorial Studies will enable the student to work successfully as a curator and/or as an art and culture educator across the entire spectrum of institutional and non-institutional contexts, in the public and private sectors, and in the for-profit and not-for-profit domains. [+]

Studying at Zurich University of the Arts

With over 2.500 students, Zurich University of the Arts is one of the largest arts universities in Europe. We welcome students seeking to cross boundaries and bring different fields together because we are convinced that the productive exchange with other disciplines brings forth better, more versatile, and critically minded curators.

We have an excellent network worldwide — thanks to collaborations with over seventy universities in Switzerland and abroad, and with countless partners from the fields of science, culture, business, and industry. This manifold collaboration stands for the national and international relevance of our programs.... [-]


MA Curatorial Practice

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity. [+]

MA Curatorial Practice

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity.

With a shared focus on experimental practice and vocational engagement, our course is open to curators, artists, historians, designers, architects and graduates in the humanities. It's been designed to foster new and innovative approaches to curation at an advanced level.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

Our MA course explores historical and recent developments within the field of curatorial practice. It provides a means for understanding such strategies in the logistical contexts of art management, commercial and public gallery or museum operations, art fairs, fringe platforms and artist-run spaces.... [-]


Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs
Online Part time 1 - 5 years September 2018 USA Washington

The Johns Hopkins MA in Museum Studies offers a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in a changing technological, social and political environment. Geared for current and future museum professionals, it emphasizes technology's critical role in today's museum. It also examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies while exploring the role of the museum as an agent of social change. [+]

The Johns Hopkins MA in Museum Studies offers a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in a changing technological, social and political environment. Geared for current and future museum professionals, it emphasizes technology’s critical role in today’s museum. It also examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies while exploring the role of the museum as an agent of social change.

We welcome students from around the world interested in all types of museums including history, technology, science, art, special topic or themed museums, historic sites, national parks and zoos as well as those interested in exhibitions for corporations, government agencies and private organizations.... [-]


MA in Art History and Museum Studies

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Medford

The master’s in Art History and Museum Studies is designed to give students advanced qualification in art history and a broad introduction to museum work and theory. The program is offered for those hoping to work in art collection-related fields. It provides students with skills and insights to integrate the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings. [+]

The master’s in Art History and Museum Studies is designed to give students advanced qualification in art history and a broad introduction to museum work and theory. The program is offered for those hoping to work in art collection-related fields.

It provides students with skills and insights to integrate the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers as curators, collections managers, educators or administrators in museums and galleries.

Why choose Tufts to prepare for a museum career?

Today's museum professionals are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. They understand collections, audiences, and how to tell stories. They facilitate visitors' understanding of the past, present, and future through interactions with material objects and scholarship using face-to-face encounters and technological tools.... [-]


M.A. in Art & Museum Studies

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 12 months August 2018 USA Washington

Georgetown University’s M.A. degree program in Art and Museum Studies brings the academic study of art museums together with museum practice and emphasizes the international contexts of museums in the modern world. Through courses, individual research, and internships, students work closely with Georgetown art history faculty, curators, and other museum professionals in Washington DC, and with faculty specialists at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London or New York. [+]

Georgetown University’s M.A. degree program in Art and Museum Studies brings the academic study of art museums together with museum practice and emphasizes the international contexts of museums in the modern world. Through courses, individual research, and internships, students work closely with Georgetown art history faculty, curators, and other museum professionals in Washington DC, and with faculty specialists at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London or New York.

The twelve-month course of study combines courses in museology and art history with internships at some of Washington’s premier art institutions. We examine the changing relationships between the academic study of art and new configurations of museum display and interpretation. Such topics as the roles of museums in modern cultures, museum education programs and audiences, new technologies, collection management, curatorial work and the ethics of acquisition and display are discussed in classes and individual research projects. Our students take part in critical debates about art exhibition and interpretation.... [-]


MA in Curatorial Practice

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site-specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators. [+]

Studying current theory and history, build your personal curatorial skills and thinking.

Taught by curators, working with a rich group of diverse partner organisations in the sector.

Combines contemporary practice with theory in a flexible approach.

Highlights the roles of audiences, collections and new contexts.

We focus on curating as a contemporary practice, bringing together history, theory and practice. We ask what is it that makes the role of the curator distinct, and how do we understand the essentials of curating, when it has become such a buzzword.

The course embraces contemporary curating in historic and collection-based settings as well as contemporary venues, digital, ‘pop-up’ and site-specific contexts. It is delivered by experts in the field and working curators.... [-]


MA Museum and Heritage Development

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century. [+]

This course provides opportunities to work on live company projects, to volunteer, take work placements, go on field visits and be supported by professional industry mentors.

Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century.

This course is designed and delivered through collaboration with the museum and heritage sector and in partnership with a number of institutions, sites and agencies reflecting the diversity of the sector, including: Museum Development East Midlands, East Midlands Museums Service, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Museum of the Mercian Regiment, The Canalside Heritage Centre, National Justice Museum, the National Videogame Arcade, and Barker Langham.... [-]


MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation

National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Beaconsfield

A ground-breaking new MA delivered in partnership with the BFI to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work. [+]

Overview

A ground-breaking new MA delivered in partnership with the BFI to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work.

The National Film and Television School’s Film Studies Programming and Curation Masters delivered in partnership with the BFI is designed for students who wish to make a career in the wider film and media culture, whether in the fields of curation, exhibition, criticism, archives, preservation or restoration. The course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, contexts and critical thought that have shaped the production and reception of film as a basis for engagement with rapidly changing contemporary film and moving image culture. A rigorous academic framework is combined with real-world applications enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge, and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media.... [-]


MA Museum Studies

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Washington

The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career. [+]

The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career.

Location

Its location in Washington, DC, the museum capital of the world, allows students to gain practical working experience through the program's affiliation with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations.

Quality

The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum, and a strong internship program. More than 800 alumni work in museums, historic sites, and houses, federal agencies and related nonprofit organizations all over the world.... [-]


MA Curating Contemporary Art

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London

Established 25 years ago and led by Professor Victoria Walsh, the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. [+]

About the Programme

Established 25 years ago and led by Professor Victoria Walsh, the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised both as an international leader in its field and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of the curriculum. New areas of focus in response to the expanded field of curating and the widening professional opportunities for curatorial practice and research in a global context include:

Exhibitions and Programming practice focus on curating, commissioning and programming within the physical and defined setting of the gallery/museum space providing a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the histories and opportunities within this form of curatorial practice.... [-]


MA in Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course looks at the way that museums, galleries and other cultural institutions are changing to meet the needs of the 21st century. The MA has been designed for students who wish to work as curators, arts organisers, museum professional and other cultural managers and who want to know in particular how these institutions face contemporary issues. It looks at the changing role of cultural provision and how agencies, festivals and flexible organisations shape, house, fund, and disseminate culture today. [+]

This course looks at the way that museums, galleries and other cultural institutions are changing to meet the needs of the 21st century. The MA has been designed for students who wish to work as curators, arts organisers, museum professional and other cultural managers and who want to know in particular how these institutions face contemporary issues. It looks at the changing role of cultural provision and how agencies, festivals and flexible organisations shape, house, fund, and disseminate culture today. The course also gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the contemporary debates about working practices in cultural institutions, and the changing context in which organisations operate.... [-]


Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus 1.5 - 2 years September 2018 USA Syracuse

Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program in museum studies offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design that prepares you for a wide range of positions in various types of museums. [+]

Overview

Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program in museum studies offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design that prepares you for a wide range of positions in various types of museums. We shape alumni to be resilient, adaptable, and competent working professionals. At the center of the program is the belief that the museum professional serves as the liaison between the viewing public and the museum object.

The program is structured in a manner that enables you to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. The Syracuse University Art Galleries, the Special Collections Research Center, and the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and Sue & Leon Genet Gallery at Syracuse University's Nancy Cantor Warehouse provide major settings for education and training. You gain additional experience through internships. We believe that this combination of academic and professional training prepares you for your chosen field and sustains you throughout your career.... [-]


MA in Art History and Curating

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery. This will take place at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts on campus or at the Grand Union in Birmingham city centre. [+]

Are you fascinated by visual culture and exhibition practice? Do you want to pursue a career in the gallery and arts sectors?

The MA in Art History and Curating is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the country that offers you the opportunity to work in a team with academic and museum professionals to curate an art exhibition in a public gallery. This will take place at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts on campus or at the Grand Union in Birmingham city centre.

We are also delighted to announce a new partnership with Royal Collection Trust. Students co-curating the exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts will have the exceptional opportunity of working with objects from the Royal Collection.... [-]


Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies - Theory - History - Criticism

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt

The focus of the Master’s programme is an academic reflection on curating and art criticism as an intellectual and aesthetic challenge with a practice-oriented perspective. The aim of the programme is to bestow skills that link an object-related approach to theoretical knowledge and expertise. [+]

The focus of the Master’s programme is an academic reflection on curating and art criticism as an intellectual and aesthetic challenge with a practice-oriented perspective. The aim of the programme is to bestow skills that link an object-related approach to theoretical knowledge and expertise. One of the major interests of the programme is to open up discussions on curating and art criticism that has so far been closely connected to contemporary art to previous eras and other cultural-science disciplines.

The exhibition and museum business of the 21sth century faces new tasks and challenges. The presentation of works of art and objects of cultural and historical significance has become a complex challenge in a global art world, but also as a result of developments within contemporary art, and it, therefore, needs to take art history as well as cultural, social, political and philosophical aspects into account. Museums and other art institutions have to reformulate their concept of the public sphere. Museums are increasingly having to model public discourses.... [-]