Our master of arts (M.A.) degree program in museum studies offers a curriculum based on hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design that prepares you for a wide range of positions in various types of museums. We shape alumni to be resilient, adaptable, and competent working professionals. At the center of the program is the belief that the museum professional serves as the liaison between the viewing public and the museum object.
The program is structured in a manner that enables you to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. The Syracuse University Art Galleries, the Special Collections Research Center, and the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and Sue & Leon Genet Gallery at Syracuse University's Nancy Cantor Warehouse provide major settings for education and training. You gain additional experience through internships. We believe that this combination of academic and professional training prepares you for your chosen field and sustains you throughout your career.
An important aspect of the program is the availability of courses in a wide variety of departments and colleges, including SU:VPA's School of Art and Department of Transmedia; the Department of Art and Music Histories and Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Information Studies; and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A significant number of students pursue concurrent or sequential degrees in such fields as art history, anthropology, arts administration, arts journalism, and information studies.
You also have opportunities to study in other U.S. cities by taking a MAYmester course in New York City and Washington, D.C., where you visit significant museums, galleries, and contemporary artist studios to hear from prominent artists, curators, and gallery owners, many of whom are accomplished SU alumni.
The faculty is composed of working professionals from the University and the local museum community. They bring a wide range of expertise and experience. Faculty and staff organize field trips to museums and conferences and bring professionals to campus as visiting speakers.
Our alumni are resilient, adaptable, and competent working professionals. Graduates of the program work in a wide variety of institutions, including the National Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, the Air and Space Museum, the Morgan Library, the Museum of the City of New York, Palm Springs Art Museum in California, and the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
Application deadline: February 1 for fall admission (January 1 if you are applying for a McNair Graduate Fellowship or a University African American Fellowship). Museum studies currently does not offer spring admission.