Earn your M.A. in Museum Professions
Curate your future and join our elite group of alumni, employed throughout the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions and organizations.
Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts is an exciting community of scholars, theorists, researchers and professionals. One common feature among all of our programs is a commitment to excellence. Faculty are comprised of internationally recognized researchers and industry professionals. A cutting-edge curriculum incorporates the latest technology and trends, keeping you a cut above the rest.
The Museum Professions Degree
This 39-credit program is designed to both prepare students for careers in museums and to further refine and enhance the current museum professional’s skillset.
This program blends theory with practice by equipping our graduates with tangible skills that are essential for career growth, including effective communication; the skillset to manage people, projects and finance; intercultural competence and cross-disciplinary thinking.
Explore education theory, human development, museum programming, and technology usage.
• Museum Education
• Museums and Communities
• Audience Research and Project Evaluation
Launch your career as a museum administrator or advancement professional by exploring topics such as grantsmanship, fundraising, volunteer management and marketing.
• Legal and Ethical Issues in Museums
• Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
• Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Discover skills needed to perfect museum collections, such as museum storage, handling, inventorying, shipping and displays.
• Object Care
• Museum Registration
• Introduction to Archives Management for Museum Professionals
Prepare for conceiving and executing engaging museum exhibitions while gaining hands-on experience in exhibition development.
• Museum Registration
• Museum Exhibitions A-Z
• Producing an Exhibition
All students in the program take a 200-hour for-credit internship (3 credits). In addition, many students volunteer or intern in museum for no credit, before or after they have done the required internship.
Education for You, Value for Your Employer
Immersive learning experiences combining theory with practical skills allow you to put your knowledge to use in the workplace both immediately and over time.
Employers may be assured that an investment in an employee’s education will pay off when it comes to workplace excellence, as well as:
• Critical and strategic planning abilities, both collaboratively and interculturally
• Technology and data fluency
• Systems leadership and strategic agility
• Networking opportunities with industry experts and colleagues