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"We are very proud of our long association with the University of San Francisco. The Museum Studies internship program has had a major impact in the success of our educational programming and outreach at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco."

–Renée Baldocchi, Director of Public Programs,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The M.A. in Museum Studies Program at USF focuses on design and curatorial practice; education and new technologies; conservation and heritage preservation; and arts and cultural management, financial management and project management. Students integrate and apply knowledge and disciplines in order to analyze global issues – from equality and diversity, to social justice and human rights.

The Museum Studies Program is a 32-unit, full-time program that is completed in 16 months: three semesters plus one summer. During the program students complete an internship at one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier cultural institutions, or at a museum in a location of their choice outside of the Bay Area – enabling students to explore internship opportunities world-wide.

In the first year (fall, spring and summer), students complete 28 units. In the final fall semester students integrate their knowledge, experience and skills through a 4-unit Museum Project Management Capstone paper and presentation. University of San Francisco students who complete a Bachelor's Degree in Art History or Arts Management can complete the degree with a total of 28 units — 24 units in the first year and 4 units in the second year.

 

Sample Timeline – Master's Program – 16 months

Year One

Fall
  • Museum Studies: History and Theory
  • Cultural and Financial Management
  • Practicum or Elective*
Spring
  • Museums and Social Justice
  • Collections Management and Preservation
  • Practicum or Elective*
Summer
  • Museum Studies Internship

Year Two

Fall
  • Museum Project Management: Capstone Project

*See list of Practica and Art History courses under Elective Courses. Elective courses may also be taken in another department, pending faculty approval.