Master of Art Programs in Museology

Compare 21 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 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.... [-]


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.... [-]


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 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 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 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 DC

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 Museum Studies

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

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 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.... [-]


MA Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The programme is ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in the museum, heritage and arts sectors with a focus on non-Western art and culture, and both tangible and intangible heritage. It will suit practicing museum and heritage professionals who are interested in strengthening their knowledge of contemporary debates in critical museology, critical heritage studies and material culture studies. With its interdisciplinary focus, it will suit students interested in broadening their expertise across anthropology, art history and archaeology. It will also provide an excellent postgraduate foundation for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. research concerned with museums, heritage, and material/visual culture in Asian, African, Middle Eastern and transnational/transcultural contexts. [+]

MA Museums, Heritage, and Material Culture Studies

Duration: Full time one year, part-time over 3 years

Entry Requirements: Candidates must normally possess a first or upper second class honors degree or equivalent. (E.g. an equivalent bachelors degree from a good US university would have a GPA of 3.3 or above). The programme is interdisciplinary in nature so it is not necessary to have a degree in a discipline directly related to the programme. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and entry requirements may be modified in the light of relevant professional experience, and where the applicant can show a practical commitment to their field of study. Candidates must also be able to provide two supporting references.... [-]


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 am Main

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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) is a two-year transdisciplinary Master’s Programme which explores emerging knowledge and practices at the intersections of visual cultures, curating and contemporary art. [+]

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) is a two-year transdisciplinary Master’s Programme which explores emerging knowledge and practices at the intersections of visual cultures, curating and contemporary art. We facilitate students to develop and contextualize their own practices within and in between these contexts. The programme is open to artists, curators, scholars and practitioners with different backgrounds and experience, who are looking for opportunities to understand, challenge and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us.

Goal of education (Learning outcomes)

ViCCA explores art in new contexts. Central to the program is the new and emergent professional practices, which are born and developed in the new spaces of cultural production. In the program, art making and new professional agencies are explored within the broadened field of visual cultures.... [-]


Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management

Central Michigan University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 USA Mount Pleasant

​​​​The Master's Degree in Cultural Resource Management is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. [+]

The Master's Degree in Cultural Resource Management is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management.

Practitioners in this multifaceted field assist private and government entities in identifying cultural resources such as archaeological and historical sites, culturally or historically significant structures, and culturally significant locations or resources, assessing such sites and resources and developing plans for their preservation, curation, and ethical use.

Program Goals

Students in the CRM program will learn how to:

describe, explain, and comply with federal laws, statutes, regulations, and ethical principles associated with cultural resource management describe and explain the key components of material and non-material culture situated within a pre-historic or historical period practice the skills appropriate for discovering, preserving, curating, interpreting, and/or making available to various publics the material culture developed by the people within a pre-historic or historical period communicate effectively with appropriate lay and professional people Career Options ... [-]

MA Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy

Kingston University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Kingston + 1 more

If you are a graduate or industry professional who would like to develop your career or create your own business in the museums and galleries sector, this course is ideal. It teaches creative people the business development, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills to take dreams and good ideas and turn them into a reality. [+]

Choose Kingston's Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy MA

If you are a graduate or industry professional who would like to develop your career or create your own business in the museums and galleries sector, this course is ideal. It teaches creative people the business development, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills to take dreams and good ideas and turn them into a reality.

What will you study?

You will explore creativity and how to manage it – not only in the museum's sector but also across a wide range of the creative industries.

This MA is cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, and extremely practical. You will learn to think in 3D and analyse the current business and creative landscapes. When you leave the course, you will be able to both curate and advertise museum exhibits, and get your ideas off the ground.... [-]