Master of Arts in Museum Studies

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:

  • 24 credit hours of Museum Studies courses
  • 12 credit hours of content area courses
  • 3-6 credit hours of internships*

Completion of the Museum Studies comprehensive exam

Fulfillment of the graduate writing requirement

*Please note: MSTD highly recommends that all students take two 3 credit internships. However we recognize that will not be appropriate for all students. Therefore, with permission of their advisor, students may opt to substitute the second internship with either a Directed Research project or another graduate class. This policy is effective Fall 2017. 

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.

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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.