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Museum Studies, MA

Financing Your Education

Many students pay for graduate school through a mix of savings, program scholarships, external scholarships, part-time jobs, and loans. Read more about these various funding sources below.

Estimated Tuition

The estimated cost of the Museum Studies, MA program is $1,660 per unit for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students typically take an average of 24 units in the first academic year, 4 units over the summer, and 4 units in their final fall semester. A total of 32 units are required for the degree. Program fees are subject to adjustment annually, and the number of required units may vary based on enrollment status. Please contact Javier Plasencia (, program manager, to discuss the specifics of the program.

Program Scholarships

We offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students on a competitive basis. There is no separate application for these one-time scholarships; students are automatically considered for these scholarships when they submit their application for admission. Scholarships are limited in number, vary in amount, and cover only part of tuition costs. If a scholarship is awarded, the amount will be indicated in the admission letter.

The Dean's Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship grants recipients compensation for research and for conference travel. Additional benefits include the Dean's Scholar kickoff and reception, connection with other Dean's Scholars and with leaders across the college, and the chance to serve as program representatives to USF donors and Development initiatives.

To be considered for the $15,000 Dean's Scholarship towards their first year of tuition, students must apply by the program's priority deadline.

Double Dons Scholarship

USF Alumni and current students can be awarded the USF Double Dons Scholarship upon admission. The scholarship covers 20% of the program tuition, and may not be stacked with other USF scholarship awards. Exceptions may apply.

Double Dons on MyUSF

External Scholarships

Read more about outside scholarships on the Financial Aid Webpage.

Part-Time Jobs

While our program does not offer teaching assistantship jobs, on-campus student employment opportunities are available. Learn more about how to apply for student jobs.


Our program has an internship requirement. Whether the internships are paid or unpaid is determined by the external companies or organizations that offer them.


If you think you may need additional funds to cover the full cost of your education, consider applying for a federal or private education loan. More information on loans may be found on the Financial Aid webpage.