MA in Museum Education

The role of museums is changing to provide educational programming for audiences of all types. The MA in Museum Education offers a unique opportunity to obtain the theoretical and practical foundation as well as the experience necessary for your career in museums and galleries of all subjects — art, history, cultural history, science and more. 

What makes us different
A student body drawn from the arts, history, cultural history and the sciences makes for a lively exchange of ideas about the potential for museums. Our location is one of the University’s greatest assets. We like to say that Philadelphia has arguably the greatest variety of types of museums of any region in the country. 

Student internships can be held in museums of natural history, science and technology, in art museums and galleries, historic houses and history museums, anthropology, archaeology, and culturally specific museums.

Who are our Museum Education alumni?
One teaches at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center in Washington, D.C., and leads school programs at area museums. Another is the Museum Educator and Communications Coordinator at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia. And one is Executive Director of  Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a folk art environment, gallery space and nonprofit organization that showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar.

To learn more, contact Helen M. Shannon, Director, Museum Education Program, at