Program Details

Seton Hall University’s M.A. in Museum Professions program has four distinct professional tracks: Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
South Orange, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Museum Studies

Program Overview

Program Description:

Earn your M.A. in Museum Professions

Curate your future and join our elite group of alumni, employed throughout the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions and organizations.

Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts is an exciting community of scholars, theorists, researchers and professionals. One common feature among all of our programs is a commitment to excellence. Faculty are comprised of internationally recognized researchers and industry professionals. A cutting-edge curriculum incorporates the latest technology and trends, keeping you a cut above the rest.

The Museum Professions Degree

This 39-credit program is designed to both prepare students for careers in museums and to further refine and enhance the current museum professional’s skillset.

This program blends theory with practice by equipping our graduates with tangible skills that are essential for career growth, including effective communication; the skillset to manage people, projects and finance; intercultural competence and cross-disciplinary thinking.


Explore education theory, human development, museum programming, and technology usage.
Courses include:
  •  Museum Education
  •  Museums and Communities
  •  Audience Research and Project Evaluation


Launch your career as a museum administrator or advancement professional by exploring topics such as grantsmanship, fundraising, volunteer management and marketing.
Courses include:
  •  Legal and Ethical Issues in Museums
  •  Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
  •  Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations


Discover skills needed to perfect museum collections, such as museum storage, handling, inventorying, shipping and displays.
Courses include:
  •  Object Care
  •  Museum Registration
  •  Introduction to Archives Management for Museum Professionals

Exhibition Development

Prepare for conceiving and executing engaging museum exhibitions while gaining hands-on experience in exhibition development.
Courses include:
  •  Museum Registration
  •  Museum Exhibitions A-Z
  •  Producing an Exhibition

All students in the program take a 200-hour for-credit internship (3 credits). In addition, many students volunteer or intern in museum for no credit, before or after they have done the required internship. 

Education for You, Value for Your Employer

Immersive learning experiences combining theory with practical skills allow you to put your knowledge to use in the workplace both immediately and over time.

Employers may be assured that an investment in an employee’s education will pay off when it comes to workplace excellence, as well as:

  •  Critical and strategic planning abilities, both collaboratively and interculturally
  •  Technology and data fluency
  •  Systems leadership and strategic agility
  •  Networking opportunities with industry experts and colleagues

Additional Program Information

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Financial Aid:
Online application; resume/CV; personal statement; official transcript(s); GRE or Miller Analogies Test*; three academic or professional letters of recommendation. The GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 3.7 or higher cumulative GPA. GRE/MAT (Waivers available based on eligibility)
International Requirements:
Prospective students that attended any postsecondary institutions outside of the United States or Canada (excluding study abroad or internship experiences) are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by one of the following agencies: • World Education Services • Educational Credential Evaluators • Global Credential Evaluators, Inc. • Evaluation Service, Inc. • Center for Applied Research, Evaluation and Education, Inc. If English is not your first language, please arrange to have your official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly to Seton Hall University. The institution code for Seton Hall University is 2811.

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