Museum Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

Museum Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Museum Studies and Professional Practice

In an era of increased globalization, digitization and collaboration, museums have evolved into critical and vital sites for community engagement and public dialog. The University of San Francisco offers a unique Master's Degree in Museum Studies that prepares its graduates for positions of leadership in artistic, cultural and heritage organizations operating within this constantly changing social dynamic.

Courses in the Master of Arts in Museum Studies (MUSE) focus on design and curatorial practice, education and new technologies, conservation and heritage preservation, as well as arts and cultural management, financial management, and project management. Students integrate and apply knowledge and disciplines in order to analyze the global issues--equality, diversity, social justice and human rights--that concern today's museums.

Full-time students complete the 32-unit MUSE program in three semesters plus one summer. In the summer, an internship is pursued at one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier cultural institutions or at a museum in a location of their choice, allowing students to explore internship opportunities worldwide. During the final fall semester students integrate their knowledge, experience and skills through a Project Management Capstone paper and presentation.

More information is available about the College of Arts and Sciences and applying online, as well as information for international graduate students.

USF Is Your University--The San Francisco Bay Area Is Your Campus

USF was founded in 1855 as the first university in San Francisco and is ranked in the top tier of national universities (U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges, 2011). USF is a private, Jesuit university with a distinguished history in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, finance, and business management. Of the 10,000 students at USF, 39% are graduate students. USF is composed of five graduate schools--Arts and Sciences, Management, Education, Law, and Nursing.

Museum Studies students enjoy the rich experiences available in San Francisco, one of the world's most vibrant, cosmopolitan and beautiful cities. Close to the major museum complexes of Golden Gate Park--including the DeYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences--USF also lies near the museums and cultural institutions in downtown San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, Stanford and Palo Alto, and San Jose. As the financial, cultural and technological center of the Western U.S., the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most economically vital regions of the world.

San Francisco's diverse population draws people from around the world, while the Pacific Ocean climate of the city is moderate all year round. Outside the city, USF students experience California's many other attractions, such as the Napa Valley wine country, the Redwood forests, Pacific beaches, the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, and the Big Sur Coast.

Location & Contact

Museum Studies Program

College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
United States

Dr. Marjorie Schwarzer


Phone: 415-422-5685

Mark Landerghini

Information Contact

Phone: 415-422-5101
Fax: 415-422-2217

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Museum Studies Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 105
    • Accepted 46
    • Acceptance Rate 43
    • Enrolled 22
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Female Percentage84%
    • Male Percentage16%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Full-time Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino14%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty8
    • Full-time Percentage25%
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Female Percentage88%
    • Male Percentage12%