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Museum Studies Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


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Learn techniques and strategies for keeping museum collections relevant, audiences inspired, and operations smooth.

Build deep knowledge of twenty-first-century museum operations.

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.

  • 36

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 66%

    Working Full Time

  • 95%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 52%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Change

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.

I envision creating a nonprofit organization that can provide emerging artists with a community where they can thrive and embrace the goal of discovering how their art can make a difference, and where they may find their place in the world.

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.