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Apply Now for Fall Admission!

The Master of Museum Studies Program starts every fall (late August). The application deadline for fall 2015 admission is February 1, 2015. Applications are accepted and considered for admission after February 1 on a space-available basis. 

Application Process

Apply online and submit all required application items listed below. We will contact you if additional documents are required. Only completed applications will be reviewed for admission. It is best to apply as early as possible. 

Required Application Items

  • Create an online application account.
  • transcript from each college, community college, study abroad program and university attended. Three-year Bachelor's Degrees are accepted for admission review.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation– Recommendation letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability and competence to succeed in the studies, research and writing required by this graduate program.
  • Statement of Purpose– Please respond to the following questions in a 500-word personal statement: "What do you believe is the role of museums in an increasingly global and technological society? Why? With your background, experiences, and interests, how do you wish to contribute to the museum field?"
  • Resume – Submit a current resume with relevant work experience.
  • International students are required to submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score and a copy of their passport. If an F-1 visa is sought by the applicant, then a completed Certification of Finance form with supplemental official bank statements or bank letter (see International Students) must be submitted before the application can be considered for admission. Applicants seeking an F-1 visa need to provide a non-U.S. mailing address in their application, in addition to any other address provided.

Test Requirements

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required for this graduate program.

An official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required for international applicants. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (iBT) or 575 (PBT) is required, 6.5 for the IELTS exam, and 61 for the PTE exam. After review of an application, coursework in USF's Intensive English Program may be recommended or required. The GRE/TOEFL school code for USF is 4850.

Application Status

Start your application online and complete all required sections, including uploading required unofficial documents. All application items (for example, resume, official transcripts, English language test scores, and recommender information) must be uploaded before you submit your application. Once you submit, your application will be incomplete until your recommenders submit their online letter of recommendation. Check your online application frequently to monitor the status of your application.

Admission decisions will be posted on the application status page. Please contact the Museum Studies Program office directly with questions about an admission decision after your application is complete.

Notification of Admission Decision

When an application and all application items have been submitted and verified, then an application is complete and ready for admission review by the Museum Studies Program. Admission decisions are released beginning 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline.

Included in the admission decision letter is notification of any scholarship awarded by the graduate program. Applicants receive email notification when the admission decision is available online. Admitted applicants also receive an admission package in the mail.

Tuition Deposit

All students who are admitted to the graduate program are required to submit a tuition deposit to reserve a space in the program after notification of admission is received. The tuition deposit deadline is included in the student's letter of admission. The tuition deposit must be received on, or before, that date or the admitted student is not guaranteed a place in the graduate program. An applicant's admission will be canceled after the due date for the tuition deposit so that another qualified student may be offered that student position.

Financial Aid Application

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can begin the free application process for a U.S. federal student loan at The USF federal school code for the FAFSA is 001325. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 in U.S. federal student loans in each year of graduate studies, unless if a student has defaulted on a previous student loan. There is no application deadline for these loans, although students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA as soon as possible since the loan process can take eight weeks to complete.

For any financial assistance offered by the Master of Public Affairs Program, all applicants (US domestic and international) will be considered and notified of such an award in the admission letter. There is no separate application for this assistance. International students, and U.S. students, can contact the One Stop/Financial Aid Office for other student loan programs available to graduate students.

Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes

Admitted students should contact the Master of Museum Studies Program for details about the advising and registration schedule in late August for new students each fall. The department can be contacted at 415.422.6656 or

International students are highly recommended to arrive at USF at least 10 days before the first day of classes in the fall in order to finalize housing arrangements and attend the International Student Orientation. Contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for details and dates about the International Student Orientation at

International students should note that the earliest arrival in the United States that an F-1 visa allows is 30 days before the start date on the I-20 form issued to you.

International Student Orientation

New international students are REQUIRED to attend the International Student Orientation in fall (late August). Please visit for the latest details or contact ISSS at International students are highly recommended to arrive at USF at least 10 days before the first day of classes in the fall and spring to finalize housing arrangements and attend International Student Orientation.