Master of Arts Program

The Master of Arts (MA) program combines academic and museum studies courses with practical museum training. Students enrolled in the MA program can concentrate in collections management, exhibition development/design, or museum management and leadership. Students may also choose to focus their academic core in American studies, anthropology, or history. The MA program also allows students the flexibility to do an interdisciplinary concentration for their academic core. To apply for the MA program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree.

Full-time students complete the program in two academic years and one summer. Part-time study is allowed. The Museum Studies Program adheres to the time limitation guidelines set forth by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences of the George Washington University. A student has four years to complete the requirements leading to a Master’s degree.


General Program Requirements

42 total credit hours of coursework:

  • 15 credit hours of Museum Studies courses
  • 15 credit hours of academic core courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of internships

Completion of the Museum Studies comprehensive exam

Fulfillment of the graduate writing requirement


Time Limitation

The Museum Studies Program adheres to the time limitation guidelines set forth by the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences of the George Washington University. A student has four years to complete the requirements leading to a master's degree.

Graduate Financial Assistance

Graduate Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs. Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the ground floor of the Marvin Center to learn more.