How to Apply

More Information:

Javier Plasencia

Program Manager
museum@usfca.edu

Notes on Admission

The USF Museum Studies MA Program takes a holistic and contextual approach to the admissions process. We understand that applicants come from a wide range of diverse academic backgrounds and have varying life experiences. As such, we like to emphasize that we admit people, not statistics. When reviewing your application, we will place equal weight on all of the varying components of the application to gain a better understanding as to who you are and what you will contribute to our program.

The application is your chance to share your unique story and passion for museums with us. While composing your application, make sure to read directions, follow instructions, start early (if possible!), edit and review your application, and email or call our program if you have questions.

Application Dates

USF Museum Studies has two application dates for admission in the fall.

The priority application date is February 1st. Applicants who submit their application by this date will be granted priority consideration for admission into the program and priority consideration for program scholarships.

The final application date is April 1st. Those applicants who do not submit before the priority deadline will have until April 1st to submit their applications for consideration. We will consider applications that come in after the April 1st deadline on a case-by-case basis.

Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account, and please do not mail items to our office. Spring applicants are expected to be experienced with programming in one of general purpose programming languages.

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Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's degree is required for admission. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended though not required. There is no expected or favored major for entry into the program; admitted students have wide-ranging degrees in anthropology, art history, biology, business, environmental science, history, English, journalism, psychology, sociology, studio art, photography, design, chemistry, law and education, amongst others.

Test Requirements

The GRE is not required.

Unless explicitly noted in the Graduate English Language Proficiency section of the International Admissions webpage, all international students from non-English speaking countries must submit scores from one of the following testing agencies: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test.

Transcript (Academic Record)

Our program requires an official copy of transcripts from any university or college attended for which you have received a letter grade. Transcripts from any transfer schools and study abroad programs must also be submitted. If still enrolled in your Bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation will be required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose

Question 1: In approximately 500 words, please answer the following prompt: Why do you wish to pursue a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies? What skills do you hope to gain from USF’s program, and how do you envision leveraging your degree to make a positive impact in the field?

Optional Portfolio

We strongly encourage Museum Studies applicants to provide portfolio items that document work experiences, internships, prior academic work, and/or volunteer activities at museums and cultural and heritage organizations. Portfolio items may help to supplement your Statement of Purpose.

Please note that providing portfolio items is optional for all applicants.

Upload up to 5 portfolio items with a maximum of 5 GB in size for each item. Please do not mail or email portfolio items directly to the Museum Studies Program or to the Office of Graduate Admission. Please ensure your uploads are no more than 20 pages in combined length.

Supplemental Application Questions

These questions are built into the online application. Applicants do not need to upload them to the application portal.

Question 1: In no more than 200 words, please list the museums, exhibits, gallery openings, museum lectures and museum-related events you have attended that have made a significant impact on your professional and personal worldview.

Optional: If there are any extenuating circumstances that you would like the admissions committee to take into consideration when reviewing your application, you may list those circumstances here (e.g. an academic semester or year in which you struggled, familial circumstances, a learning disability etc.) (200 words max)

Resume or CV

Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to museum studies, and any other experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer/community service experience, study or work outside of your home country.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation letters are required. Unless granted explicit exemption by the Program Manager, one of these letters must be from a professor. Letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to your research capabilities, writing skills, and intellectual curiosity– all traits required by our program.

The online application will provide clear information on how to submit the information required for your recommendations.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters, however please note that your application will not be complete (and thus will not be reviewed) until both letters of recommendation have been received. To that end, be sure to contact your recommenders as soon as possible and give them ample time to prepare and submit your recommendations.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

Application review begins after the February 1st priority date. Admission decisions will begin 4-6 weeks after the priority deadline.

For applicants who apply by the final deadline of April 1st, admissions decisions will be released by May 1st.