College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Program Overview

Now part of the new College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall.

The Department of Communication and The Arts, at Seton Hall University offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree program in museum studies (since 1994). Called the “MA Program in Museum Professions,” it offers practical training rooted in a thorough understanding of museum theory. Museums in the 21st century have become complex, multipurpose organizations. This program is designed to meet their need for professionally trained employees.

The MA Program in Museum Professions prepares students for professional careers in museums and other cultural institutions through challenging coursework and concrete experience, melding the theoretical with the practical. Its curriculum is informed by the curriculum guidelines of the American Association of Museums (see: and the International Council of Museum (ICOM: see and aims at developing skills -- in such areas as professional museum work, research, technology,  leadership, creative problem solving, and advocacy--as well as values, including ethical and professional behavior, respect for cultural diversity, and appreciation of the value of museum traditions. 

Specific Learning Outcomes are (please note that in the following the term “museums” refers to museums as well as closely related cultural institutions):

  1. Know the world history of museums and the theoretical framework in which they operate, globally.
  2. Identify and understand the operational structure of museums and the complex interdependence of museum specializations.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in at least one museum specialization and identify and describe best practices and latest developments in the specialization field.
  4. Know, respect, and promote standards for professional and ethical behavior.
  5. Demonstrate excellent research, writing, and technology skills, particularly as they pertain to museum work.

Combining structure with flexibility, this 39-credit program offers four specialized professional tracks:

  1. Museum Education
  2. Museum Management
  3. Museum Registration and Collections Management
  4. Exhibition Development

The program’s diverse offerings are provided through cooperation with other departments and schools at Seton Hall University, and through collaboration with museums and museum professionals in the New York area who serve as advisers, faculty, and speakers for the program. 

This museum studies program is designed for recent college graduates, people seeking a career change, and museum employees who wish to improve their profesional skills.  Courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

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Director of Graduate Studies
Petra Chu, Ph.D.

(973) 761-9460
Art Center, 205

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