Master of Arts in Museum Studies

From CUNY School of Professional Studies and the New-York Historical Society

The new Master of Arts in Museum Studies provides students with the knowledge, skills, and preparation to excel as professionals in the museum community. A collaboration with the CUNY School of Professional Studies, the program aims to diversify the museum workforce and address the needs of an increasingly diverse and engaged museum-going public.

From administration and finance to curation and education, the Master of Arts in Museum Studies educates students about all areas of museum work, including how to curate exhibitions, design educational services, and provide museum services with attention to all potential visitors.

To accommodate working adults eager to enter the field, the degree program is online, giving students the flexibility to take classes while working and pursuing other obligations. CUNY SPS online instruction is ranked among the highest in the nation, while the program’s practicum component at New-York Historical offers students the opportunity to use our rich and varied resources to gain on-site expe­rience in curation, collections management, and museum operations.

Scholarship funds are available to candidates who qualify.  

How to Apply

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide one letter of recommendation.

Dates for application for Spring 2022:
Priority Deadline: November 4, 2021
Regular Deadline: December 9, 2021

Learn more and apply at the CUNY School of Professional Studies site.

Scholarships are generously supported by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, in honor of Dr. Louise Mirrer, with additional support from Bernard L. Schwartz.

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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund