Museum Administration -MA

Offered by the NASAD-accredited Department of Art and Design, the two-year, 36-credit Master of Arts in Museum Administration program consists of 27 credits in Museum Administration, including nine elective credits in museum administration, public history or archive management, a three- or six-credit internship, and an optional capstone exhibition or research project. Concentrations are available in the areas of collections management, curating, education, and special exhibitions management. Classes are offered during convenient evening hours. The program welcomes students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

Museum Administration Program Introductory Video

Core Courses

ART 101Introduction to Working in Museums
ART 102The Modern Museum: History, Theory, and Practice
ART 103Writing for Museums
ART 105Introduction to Curatorial Studies
ART 106*Topics in Museum Administration I
ART 107*Topics in Museum Administration II
ART 600Internship I

*Recent topics include: Fundraising and Development for Museums; Race and Museums: Political, Legal and Ethical Controversies, 1980s-Present; Global Issues in the 21st Century Museum; Virtual Reality, Media, and Museums; Museums: Laboratories of Social Relations in Non-Institutional Settings


ART 301The Museum as Learning Environment
ART 500The Business of Museums
ART 502Museums and Technology in the 21st Century
HIS 410History of Material Culture
HIS 512History and Visual Media
LIS 257Archival Representation
LIS 258Museum Informatics

Career & Internship Outcomes

A master’s degree in Museum Administration prepares you to enter the dynamic, fast-paced world of international and local cultural institutions. With this training you qualify for a wide range of professional museum specializations, including collections management, curation exhibition management, fundraising and development, marketing and public relations, museum education and programming, and social media and technology.

Recent graduates of the Museum Administration program have completed internships and/or obtained jobs with the following prestigious institutions:

American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, NY
American Museum of Natural History
Los Angeles, CA
New York Historical Society
New York, NY
Guild Hall
East Hampton, NY
El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY
Hofstra University Museum
Hempstead, NY
Mystic Seaport Museum
Stonington, CT
Jewish Museum
New York, NY
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Washington, D.C.
Kings Manor Historic House
Queens, NY
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
New York, NY
9/11 Memorial Museum
New York, NY
Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian
New York, NY
Voelker Orth Museum
Queens, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
Tenement Museum
New York, NY
John Jay Homestead
Katonah, NY
Rubin Museum
New York, NY
Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art
Peekskill, NY
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Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. in Museum Administration 
Professor, Department of Art and Design
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