University of the Arts in Philadelphia offers a 12-month, 36-credit Master of Arts in Museum Studies with two emphases, one in Education and one in Audience Engagement, in which students craft their learning within a community cohort. To broaden their understanding of the diverse and rich landscape of museums, they are exposed to the foundations of the field and contemporary theories in museum practice, and challenged in coursework to put their ideas into practice through working with local institutions.

Students put their learning to use during internships at iconic Philadelphia museums and beyond, including the Academy of Natural Sciences, Penn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Our program assists students in sourcing and financing these experiences so that they can make the most of their time, while being sensitive to their need to support themselves. The lessons learned at these internships are invaluable to honing our students’ passion for museum work.

Museums are at a decisive moment in today’s society. As people continue to return to galleries and halls, they come with a renewed focus to find themselves represented there. The faculty and students at University of the Arts care about providing multiple entries to learning and discovering identity through meaningful museum experiences.

Through a collaborative learning environment, students engage in strategies to prepare them for their careers and address issues facing these institutions today, including diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Professional faculty lead and mentor students, helping them develop their craft to meet the needs of today’s museum audiences. Those driven by similar passions and the mission work that only museums can deliver are encouraged to apply today for our Fall 2022 cohort.

Learn more about University of the Arts’ Master of Arts in Museum Studies program.

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