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Museum Professions
Graduate
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Museum Professions

Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees.

The M.A. program in Museum Professions prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical. Its curriculum is informed by guidelines of the American Association of Museums and the International Council of Museums and aims at developing skills -- in such areas as professional museum work, research, technology, leadership, creative problem solving, and advocacy -- as well as values, including ethical and professional behavior, respect for cultural diversity, and appreciation of the value of museum traditions.

By The Numbers

  • 39 Credit Program
  • 4 Professional Track Options
  • 200 Hours of Internship Experience
  • 7 Seminar Abraod Locations
M.A. Museum Professions

The Art of Learning

Kelsey Goodwin M.A. ‘08 believes the program gave her the experience, knowledge and contacts she needs to compete in the Museum Professions job market.

Claudia Preza

"While researching Master's programs, I found that Seton Hall's Museum Professions program offered unique academic tracks, including Exhibition Development. The classes offered for this track are fundamental to my development as a curator, and the opportunities the program offers are excellent."

Claudia Preza
M.A. in Museum Professions Student

Curriculum

The M.A. in Museum Professions is a 39-credit, on-campus program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students complete an Internship and Master's Thesis and select one of four professional tracks in Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development. The program offers courses in:

  • Anatomy of a Museum
  • History and Theory of Museums
  • Writing for Museums
  • Museum Technologies
  • Seminar Abroad
  • Internship
  • Master's Thesis

Careers

From the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey, graduates of the Museums Professions program have found positions in museums and historic sites around the country.  A complete listing of current positions and locations can be found here »

Faculty

The faculty in our internationally recognized research and teaching programs are committed to guiding students to success. Seton Hall is a Catholic University where great thinkers do more than think. They teach.
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A dynamic community comprised of scholars, theorists, critics, and professionals, the Center for Graduate Studies provides students with dynamic and immersive learning experiences blending theory and practical components that permit students to recognize, test, and translate course material into academic, professional, and workplace settings.

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ryan.hudes@shu.edu
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