How to Apply

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Applications are welcome and accepted for fall 2021 admission.

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Javier Plasencia

Program Manager

Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. You upload all of these items to your application account. Please do not mail items to USF.

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Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's degree in any field is required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. Students have diverse degrees in anthropology, art history, biology, business, environmental science, history, English, journalism, psychology, sociology, photography or design. Some also have backgrounds in chemistry, law or education. Work, volunteer experience or internships in a museum before graduate studies is strongly recommended.

Test Requirements

The GRE is not required.

For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required.

Transcript (Academic Record)

Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Transcripts from any transfer schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since Bachelor's Degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. 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 is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose

In approximately 500 words, please discuss a museum you have visited or worked in within the past few years that informed and/or expanded your ideas about a museum's role in society. How and why did your visit and/or work experience contribute to your vision about the ways you want to influence the museum field?

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 (at least one letter from a professor; preferably both letters are academic recommendations). Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to your ability to succeed in the research and writing required by this program. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

The application review starts after the February 1 priority date. Admission decision notification begins four to six weeks after this date. Applications are accepted after February 1.


What are the education backgrounds of students in the program?

Our students have very diverse backgrounds. Many have undergraduate degrees in anthropology, art history, biology, business, environmental science, history, English, journalism, psychology, sociology, photography, or design. Some have backgrounds in chemistry, law, and education. 

Is professional or internship experience required to apply?

No, but it is highly favored. We strongly recommend that you work, volunteer, or complete one or more internships in a museum before pursuing graduate work in museum studies.