Curriculum

Students enrolled in the graduate program in museum studies come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including anthropology, art history, design, history, library science, philosophy, religion, and studio arts.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 graduate credits, including four core courses, two concentration courses, and three electives. An immersion internship is also required, and this experience refines technical proficiency, develops professional confidence, and bridges the gap between the university and the professional world.

Concurrent degree options are possible in Art History, Library Science, Arts Leadership, Anthropology, and Arts Journalism, among others.

Below are the general program requirements for museum studies. Refer to Syracuse University’s online course catalog for more information about this curriculum and our courses.

Program requirements

Core requirements
(All courses required)
Introduction to Museum Studies: 3 credits
Introduction to Curatorship: 3 credits
Practical courses:
- Museum preparation and Installation (3 credits)
- Museum Graphics and Communications (3 Credits)
Collections Management: 3 credits
Museum/gallery internship (experience credit): 3 credits
Total: 18 credits

Concentration requirements
(Minimum of two)
Advanced Curatorship: 3 credits
Public Learning in Museums: 3 credits
Museum Management: 3 credits
Museum Development: 3 credits
Print History and Processes: 3 credits

Total: 6 credits

General academic or studio electives
(A minimum of three hours must be in museum studies)
Total: 9 credits

Completion/exit requirement
Comprehensive examination: 0 credits

Total credits: 33
Length of residency: 1.5 to 2 years