Master of Arts in Museum Studies

The program prepares students for positions of leadership in artistic, cultural, educational and heritage organizations and for long-term professional growth.

The curriculum consists of core seminars, hands-on practica, one-on-one advising and mentoring, electives tailored to students' interests and a full-time summer internship in an institution of the student's choice.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • articulate a critical understanding of the histories, challenges and methodologies related to museums as complex public service organizations
  • analyze institutional practices in light of USF’s mission of social justice
  • apply skills and knowledge essential for successful professional patterns of behavior and practice in all types of museums and like organizations

Requirements

32 units

Core (20 Units)

  • MUSE 600 Museum Studies: History & Theory
  • MUSE 601 Cultural & Financial Management
  • MUSE 602 Museums & Social Justice
  • MUSE 603 Collections Management & Preservation
  • MUSE 610 Graduate Internship
  • MUSE 630 Museum Project Management Capstone

Elective Practica (8 Units)

  • MUSE 605 Curatorial Studies Practicum
  • MUSE 606 Exhibition Design Practicum
  • MUSE 607 Museums and the Law Practicum
  • MUSE 608 Museums and Technology Practicum

Substitutions

Students may also elect to take 4-unit courses in specific areas of interest (including art and architectural history, history, international studies, environmental science, etc.) that are offered in both BA. and MA programs in the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate credit, to be arranged with the instructor and Academic Director.

BA Art History/Arts Management Cross-Listings
  • MUSE 652/ART 302 Renaissance Art
  • MUSE 653/ART 303 Baroque Art: From Rome to Versailles
  • MUSE 655/ART 305 Modern & Contemporary Art
  • MUSE 656/ART 306 Women & Art
  • MUSE 657/ART 307 Asian Art
  • MUSE 658/ART 308 African Art
  • MUSE 659/ART 309 Art of the Americas
  • MUSE 661/ART 311 Medieval Art & Society
  • MUSE 690/ART 390 Special Topics in Art History

Note: Students may also elect to take 4-unit courses in specific areas of interest (including art and architectural history, history, international studies, environmental science, etc.) that are offered in both BA and MA programs in the College of Arts and Sciences for graduate credit, arrangements made with the instructor and Academic Director.

Internship Program

During the summer semester, students complete a 4-unit internship in the location of their choice, supervised by an internship coordinator who leads the accompanying mentoring and online discussion and assignments. Students spend 35 hours per week at their internship over a 12-week period.

Capstone Project

In the final semester, students study the principles and techniques of project management and complete a museum project management capstone course, supervised by faculty and culminating in a final paper and public presentation that synthesize their learning experience in the program.

Contact Info

Museum Studies

Sarah Schweitzer, Program Assistant

Xavier Hall, XARTS 007 (415) 422-5681