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Museum Studies

We believe that museums can change the world. Our curriculum prepares museum leaders of tomorrow to be ethical, socially engaged members of their communities who work to positively make an impact locally and globally through museum work.

What is Museum Studies? 

Museum studies is a dynamic and growing interdisciplinary field that examines the history and theory of museum practice around the world. Museum jobs are projected to continue to grow over the next decade. A degree in Museum Studies can prepare future museum professionals and thought-leaders to make vital contributions to museums and their communities. 

The Museum Studies Program at the University of Florida College of the Arts was established in 1999. Since creation, this two and one-half year graduate degree program has been committed to preparing ethical, socially engaged, and inclusive leaders of tomorrow.

The Master of Arts degree prepares students for a wide range of work in museums, and future academic endeavors, through a rigorous curriculum blending practical work experience with theory. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have attained the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in all aspects of museum professions, including:

  • Museum education
  • Exhibition development
  • Interpretive technologies
  • Museum leadership
  • Curatorial
  • Collections Management
  • Registration
  • Communications + External Affairs
  • Development + Fundraising
  • Social media management
  • Audience development
  • Grant writing
  • ...and more

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