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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 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.

By The Numbers

  • 39 Credit Program
  • 4 Professional Track Options
  • 200 Hours of Internship Experience
  • 7 Seminar Abroad Locations
M.A. Museum Professions

M.A., Museum Professions

An overview of the M.A., Museum Professions program in the College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University.

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"The real power of the Museum Professions program becomes evident when I see students embrace not only their chosen area of professional practice, but also the obligation and opportunity to strengthen our museums, foster communities of practice, and bring the field together in telling, through objects or experiences, the important stories about the world in which we live and the people with whom we share the planet."

Gregory Stevens, M.A.T.
Director, M.A. in Museum Professions


The M.A. in Museum Professions is a 39-credit, on-campus program designed for individuals interested in pursuing careers in museums or related cultural institutions. Students complete an Internship and Master's Thesis and can choose from four advanced areas of study: Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, and Exhibition Development. The program offers courses in:

  • Anatomy of a Museum
  • History and Theory of Museums
  • Writing for Museums
  • Museum Technologies
  • Seminar Abroad
  • Internship
  • Master's Thesis


From the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey, graduates of the Museums Professions program have found positions in museums and historic sites around the country.  A complete listing of current positions and locations can be found here »

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A dynamic community comprised of scholars, theorists, critics, and professionals, Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts provides students with dynamic and immersive learning experiences blending theory and practical components that permit students to recognize, test, and translate course material into academic, professional, and workplace settings.

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