Johns Hopkins University

MA in Museum Studies

Students interested in seeking leadership positions in museums, galleries, or similar settings might consider enrolling in Johns Hopkins University's Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Read on to find out more about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

School Offering Program:

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of the Master of Arts in Museum Studies program may have an academic background in art history and management; strong organizational and customer service skills are also helpful. Additionally, interested students should have earned at least a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies. Applicants to Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs must have a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Once enrolled in the online Master of Arts in Museum Studies program offered by Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs, students will have the opportunity to learn management practices and leadership strategies in areas of collections, exhibitions, digital media, fundraising, and marketing. Subjects designed to be explored in the core curriculum include the roles of museums, exhibition planning and design methods, museum technologies, business practices in museum operations, collection management practices, and the impact of globalization on museums.

Course topics in offered electives range from museum theory and history to digital technology utilized by collectors, museum directors, and archivists. A two-week, intensive museum study seminar in Washington, D.C., is a required part of the curriculum; students may participate in an internship in their geographical area in lieu of this seminar after obtaining an exemption.

Learning Format:


Total Courses Required:

10 courses.

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the form of student loans and grants. Johns Hopkins University online students may also be eligible for veteran benefits, employer reimbursement and scholarships. Please contact the University for additional information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Museum Studies:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Johns Hopkins University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses

  • Students choose one of the following:
    • 460.601: Exploring Museum Professions
    • 460.602: Museums in the Digital Age
  • 460.610: Two-week On-site Seminar

Core Courses

  • Students select at least three of the following:
    • 460.604: Introduction to Museum Education
    • 460.606: Exhibition Strategies
    • 460.608: The Business of Museums
    • 460.609: Museums in a Global Perspective
    • 460.666: Collection Management

Elective Courses

  • Students select five from the following courses:
    • 460.601: Exploring Museum Professions
    • 460.602: Museums in the Digital Age
    • 460.611: History and Philosophy of Museums
    • 460.612: Multimedia History, Theory, and Practice
    • 460.614: Ethnically Specific Museums
    • 460.615: Museums and Community Engagement
    • 460.616: Museums, Law and Policy
    • 460.617: Ethics, Technology, and the Museum Professional
    • 460.618: Museum Controversies: Ethical Issues in Museums
    • 460.620: Accessibility in the Museum
    • 460.621: Evaluation Theory and Techniques for Museums
    • 460.628: Architecture of Museums
    • 460.630: Exhibition Design, Construction, and Documentation
    • 460.633: Core Aspects of Conservation: A 21st Century Approach
    • 460.634: Museums, Libraries, and Archives: Issues of Convergence for Collecting Institutions
    • 460.635: Curatorship: Principles and Practices
    • 460.636: Living Collections
    • 460.639: Material Culture and the Modern Museum
    • 460.640: Educational Programming for Museum Audiences
    • 460.641: Digital Media in the Museum
    • 460.642: Creating Online Learning Environments for Museums
    • 460.650: Fundamentals of Writing
    • 460.652: The Practice of Museum Publishing
    • 460.655: Expanding Roles of Museum Marketing and Communications
    • 460.657: Fundamentals of Museum Fundraising
    • 460.660: Culture and Management of Technology in Museums
    • 460.662: Developing Museum Web Projects
    • 460.667: Collections Information Management Systems
    • 460.668: Cataloguing Museum Collections: History, Standards, and Applications
    • 460.670: Digital Preservation
    • 460.671: Foundations of Digital Curation
    • 460.672: Managing Digital Information in Museums
    • 460.673: Digital Curation Certification Internship
    • 460.674: Digital Curation Research Paper
    • 460.675: Leadership of Museums
    • 460.682: Museum Procurement and Contracting
    • 460.684: Museums, Finance, and the Economy
    • 460.750: Museum Internship

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Potential Career Paths:

The Master of Arts in Museum Studies provides graduates with the leadership skills and knowledge of museum practices and operations to seek directorial or executive positions in this field. In addition to museums, they can explore opportunities in art galleries, historic sites, national parks, and zoos. Potential job positions include:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Exhibition director or manager