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Museum Studies, MA

The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in museum studies. Our program prepares students for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic.

Apply Now for 2023

The Fall 2023 application is now open. The priority application date is February 1, 2023.

Hands-On Experience

Our sixteen-month curriculum is flexible and can be tailored to fit students’ diverse academic interests. The Museum Studies MA program provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience to assume a variety of roles at museums, historic societies, cultural nonprofits, and heritage organizations.

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For over a decade, University of San Francisco students and faculty have been our valued partners in the creation of innovative educational programming and outreach that benefits a wide community. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is grateful to USF for being such important members of our community.


The San Francisco Advantage

USF’s campus — situated in the center of the city — is within walking distance to the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, a short bus ride to SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum, and an easy drive to world-class institutions in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Jose.

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Museum Studies, MA

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