Museum Studies

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.

The graduate program in museum studies at Syracuse University prepares individuals to enter the museum profession through a course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. The curriculum is grounded in research, scholarship, design, and actual practice. 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 students to develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. The Syracuse University Art Galleries, The Special Collections Research Center, and the Genet Costume Collection and Gallery at The Warehouse provide major settings for education and training. Students gain additional experience through internships. We believe that this combination of academic and professional training prepares students for their chosen fields and sustains them throughout their careers.

An important aspect of the program is the availability of courses in a wide variety of departments and colleges, including the Department of Art, the Department of Transmedia, the Department of Art and Music Histories, the School of Information Studies, the Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Department of Anthropology. A significant number of students pursue concurrent or sequential degrees in such fields as art history, anthropology, arts administration, arts journalism, and information studies.

Students also have opportunities to study away from Syracuse by taking courses in New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles, where they 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, such as 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 (CA), and the Japanese Gardens in Portland (OR).