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Museum Professions
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 the curriculum 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.

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.

Stephen Alsa

"At Seton Hall my eyes were opened to connections between my academic pursuits in art history and music and my career aspirations in the humanities. I was encouraged and challenged by expert professors, each acutely in tune to the important issues facing both emerging museum professionals and our most venerable cultural institutions."

Stephen Alsa, B.A. ‘05/M.A. ‘06
Associate Development Officer for Prospect Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Students take four core courses, five courses in their chosen concentration or "track" (Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, Exhibition Development) and four elective courses for a total of 13 courses (39 credits).

Specific Learning Outcomes are (please note that in the following the term "museums" refers to museums as well as closely related cultural institutions):

  1. Know the world history of museums and the theoretical framework in which they operate, globally.
  2. Identify and understand the operational structure of museums and the complex interdependence of museum specializations.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in at least one museum specialization and identify and describe best practices and latest developments in the specialization field.
  4. Know, respect, and promote standards for professional and ethical behavior.
  5. Demonstrate excellent research, writing, and technology skills, particularly as they pertain to museum work.


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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The master's degree program operates on a "learn it, apply it" philosophy. What students learn in class can be applied in the workplace immediately. Students are challenged to think creatively, apply state-of-the-art technology, and sharpen their leadership and communication skills in a dynamic, small-classroom environment.

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