Program Overview

The Master in Museum Studies program focuses on social justice and curatorial practice; education and new technologies; collections management and heritage preservation; arts and cultural management; and financial and project management; museums and the law. Students integrate and apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines in order to analyze global issues that affect museums — from equality and diversity to access and human rights.

Students complete the 32-unit, full-time program in 16 months, which includes three semesters and a required internship. In the first year (fall, spring, and summer) students complete 24 to 28 units. In the fall semester of the second year, students integrate their knowledge, experience and skills through a four-unit museum capstone paper and presentation that emphasizes the principles of project management. Students also have an option to complete their remaining elective class in the second year.


The 150 hour formal internship is central to the professional training our program offers. We encourage students to intern at one of the Bay Area’s many renowned cultural institutions but also welcome them to intern at museums nationwide. Students must enroll in an internship course but can accrue their required internship hours throughout the duration of the program.

Sample Program Timeline

  Year One Year Two
Fall Museum Studies: History and Theory

Collections Management and Preservation

Practicum or elective

Museum Project Management: Capstone Project
Spring Museums and Social Justice

Cultural and Financial Management

Practicum or elective

Summer Museum Studies Internship

Online course and onsite internship

This course supplements the internship hours, which can be completed throughout the duration of the program.