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The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in Museum Studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic.

Our sixteen-month curriculum is flexible, providing students with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience to assume a variety of roles within cultural, artistic, and heritage organizations.

You can find more information on our website

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 practical, 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


The 300-hour formal internship is central to the professional training our program offers. We encourage students to intern at one of the Bay Area’s many renowned cultural institutions but also welcome them to intern at museums nationwide. Students must enroll in an internship course but can accrue their required internship hours throughout the duration of the program.

You can request more information by visiting our website

The San Francisco Advantage

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, or an easy drive to world-class institutions in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Jose.

Visit the MA in Museum Studies page on the University of San Francisco website for more details!





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