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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.

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Apply Now for Fall 2024

The final application date for the museum studies program has passed, however, we will continue to evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis until further notice.

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

A Career in Museum Studies

A master's in museum studies can open up a variety of career opportunities within the museum and cultural heritage sector. Learn more about the many career paths available for museum studies graduates.

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Work at World-Class San Francisco Museums

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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