The mission of the University of San Francisco’s Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Museum Studies is to shape leaders in museums and cultural organizations of all disciplines. Through a curriculum that emphasizes social justice, community engagement and hands-on experience, students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to strategically transform museums in a constantly changing global context.
Program Learning Outcomes
Articulate a critical understanding of the histories, challenges and methodologies related to museums as complex public service organizations
Analyze institutional practices in light of USF’s mission of social justice
Apply skills and knowledge essential for successful professional patterns of behavior and practice in all types of museums and like organizations
Note: Students may substitute a relevant course from another program with approval of the instructor and Museum Studies Academic Director.
During the summer semester, students complete a 4-unit internship at the location of their choice, supervised by an internship coordinator who leads the accompanying mentoring, online discussion and assignments. Students spend at least 150 hours per week at their internship over a 12-week period.
Museum Studies Capstone
In the final semester, students complete an independent research project focused on a current or historical issue or problem within the field that relates to their professional interests. The capstone is supervised by faculty and culminates in either a final research paper or project, followed by an oral presentation synthesizing their learning experience in the program.