Museum Studies, Master | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
12 months
31000 USD/year
31000 USD/year
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Learn techniques and strategies for keeping museum collections relevant, audiences inspired, and operations smooth with the Master in Museum Studies degree offered by Harvard University.


Key learning outcomes

Through the master’s degree in the field of Museum Studies at Harvard University, you:

  • Build deep knowledge of twenty-first-century museum operations, including program development and evaluation; visitor engagement and education; collections care and research; fundraising; marketing, and legal issues.
  • Enhance your understanding of exhibition content development and design, museum technology, public outreach, communications, and social media.
  • Gain hands-on experience through intensive courses at Harvard museums, active-learning weekends at Smithsonian museums, and an optional internship.

Program overview

The degree includes 10 courses, with at least two taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your second degree course, you submit your application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you may choose from courses offered on campus or online year round, in the fall, spring, or summer. You are required to take at least two courses on campus. Weekend options available.
  • Gain real-world experience. Complete an optional internship under the guidance of a museum supervisor to expand your professional network and gain real-world experience.
  • Complete a capstone. You'll apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design, execute, and communicate a significant museum studies applied research project that will showcase your expertise to current or future employers.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Museum Studies.

Programme Structure

The Master of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies degree field consists of 10 courses, with a minimum of two courses on campus. Weekend options available.

10 Graduate Courses

The museum studies program is customizable. Within the program curriculum, you choose the museum studies electives that support your personal learning goals.

  • Museum Studies
  • Proseminar
  • Six electives
  • Optional internship or additional elective
  • The Capstone Proposal Tutorial (noncredit)
  • The Capstone

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following two, graduate-level degree courses (available online):

  • MUSE 100 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • MUSE 102 Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in Museum Studies
    • Before registering, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in the EXPO 42a Writing in the Humanities (counts as one of the six electives).
    • You have two attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in the proseminar (a withdrawal grade counts as an attempt). The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.

The two courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    31000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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