What You'll Learn
Through the master’s degree in the field of museum studies you:
- Build deep knowledge of twenty-first-century museum operations, including program development and evaluation; visitor engagement and education; collections care and research; fundraising; marketing, and legal issues.
- Enhance your understanding of exhibition content development and design, museum technology, public outreach, communications, and social media.
- Gain hands-on experience through intensive courses at Harvard museums, active-learning weekends at Smithsonian museums, and an optional internship.
Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Museum Studies.
Our museum graduates work in art galleries, museums, historical societies and homes, universities and other institutions that have archive materials and noteworthy objects, such as the Boston Red Sox.
Courses Taken Each Semester
Working Full Time
Would Recommend the Program
Professional Experience in the Field
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Admission and Getting Started
Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.
To get started, you take the following two courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.
- MUSE 100 Introduction to Museum Studies
- MUSE 102 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in Museum Studies
Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.
See the schedules in the academic calendar.
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Cost and Financial Aid
Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.
|Our Tuition (2020–21 rate)||$2,900 per course|
|Average Tuition of Peer Institutions||$5,476 per course|
|Average Total Cost||$35,000|
After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.