Museum Studies Program {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

Image: Photos of Sutro Egyptian Collection holdings and program students

Welcome to Museum Studies at SF State

The Master of Arts Program in Museum Studies is an independent, interdisciplinary professional program housed in the School of Art, a division in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The Museum Studies Program builds upon students' previous academic studies in museum-related disciplines by emphasizing practical experience, professionalism, and important developments in the field of Museum Studies. Museum Studies students include mid-career museum professionals, people from other professional career fields, and recent BA graduates.

The mission of the Museum Studies Program is to develop future museum professionals through highly structured coursework in a setting where museums’ educational efforts, collections, and interactions with community are of central concern, and in a 21st century landscape, where responsiveness to the significant changes taking place in the museum profession are integrated into curriculum, activities, and professional development.

The Program has over 400 (and counting) alumni since its establishment in 1987, many of whom have found employment at all career levels throughout the U.S., from the Getty to the Smithsonian.


Free Exhibit Now Open in the Special Collections Gallery, Leonard Library, 4th Floor, Room 462

Using archival images, documents, and locally purchases arts and crafts, "Through One Child's Eyes: Medical Missionaries in Nigeria in the 1960s" explores one family's experience in Nigeria and draws attention to a critical period during the emergence of modern Africa. Open January 25-April 1, 2016. Free field trips can be arranged for groups (maximum number per group: 15). Field Trip Inquiries: Opening reception and program on Tuesday, February 2, 4:30-7:30pm in Library Room 462. Reception RSVP to Steve Duddy,

NEW! Undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies

Effective in Fall 2016, the undergraduate minor in Museum Studies is rigorous, interdisciplinary, and pre-professional in nature. The minor prepares students for the Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies or for additional on-the-job training for work in museums. Click here for more information.

2015 Graduates

Congratulations Allyson Ferrari, 2015 Department Honoree

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