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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

Applications are open, and we will continue to review for fall admission through our priority date of April 1st. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to be considered for admission in the fall of 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."

Sheila Pressley Director of Education, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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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Explore the Art History & Museum Studies Program

  • Blend history and theory with practical experience. Learn visual literacy, critical thinking, and research skills that enable you to thrive in the art world.

Museum Studies, MA

Javier Plasencia, Program Manager
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