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"We are very proud of our long association with the University of San Francisco. The Museum Studies internship program has had a major impact in the success of our educational programming and outreach at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco."

–Renée Baldocchi, Director of Public Programs,
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The M.A. in Museum Studies Program at USF focuses on design and curatorial practice; education and new technologies; conservation and heritage preservation; and arts and cultural management, financial management and project management. Students integrate and apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines in order to analyze global issues that concern museums – from equality and diversity to social justice and human rights.

Students complete the 32-unit, full-time program in 16 months, which includes three semesters and a summer internship. During the program students complete an internship at a San Francisco Bay Area’s cultural institution, or a museum in a location of their choice – enabling students to explore internship opportunities world-wide.

In the first year (fall, spring and summer) students complete 28 units. In the fall semester of the second year, students integrate their knowledge, experience and skills through a 4-unit Museum Capstone paper and presentation that emphasizes the principles of project management. University of San Francisco students who complete a Bachelor's degree in Art History or Arts Management can complete the degree with a total of 28 units — 24 units in the first year and 4 units in the second year.


Sample Timeline – Master's Program – 16 months

Year One

  • Museum Studies: History and Theory
  • Collections Management and Preservation
  • Practicum or Elective*
  • Museums and Social Justice
  • Cultural and Financial Management
  • Practicum or Elective*
  • Museum Studies Internship (online course + onsite internship)

Year Two

  • Museum Project Management: Capstone Project

*See list of Practica and other courses under Elective Courses. Elective courses may also be taken in another department, pending faculty approval.