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Museum Exhibition Planning and Design

The University of the Arts

18 months
46530 USD/year
46530 USD/year
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The Museum Exhibition Planning and Design program from  The University of the Arts prepares students to be critical and strategic thinkers in the world of museum advocacy. As expert storytellers, creators and designers, our grads lead the way for museums, creative agencies and nonprofits to communicate their missions, expand their audiences, reach out to communities.


University of the Arts offers the only Master of Arts in Museum Studies that is grounded in a School of Design. Our student body includes designers and non-designers from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of interest. We seek students who are smart, creative and passionate about the power of museums to change and improve lives. 

People choose this master’s degree program to become advocates for museums and other institutions. 


The Museum Exhibition Planning and Design program provides a boutique educational experience: Class sizes are kept small, to allow for personalized attention from an impressive faculty of working museum professionals.

 Studies frequently delve into current topics such as diversity advocacy, accessibility for all and staff equity. As part of the School of Design at the The University of the Arts, we focus on design thinking and creative problem-solving. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply and begin to use their talents and passion to forward the missions and impacts of cultural institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Museums: History & Theory 
  • Principles of Development & Grant Writing 
  • Museum Audiences & Evaluation 
  • Museum Graphic Principles 
  • Essentials of Graphic Software 
  • Museum Studies Research 
  • Museum Visitor Experience Seminar 
  • Museum Governance & Administrative Issues 
  • Thesis/Capstone 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling basis admission.


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Completed Online Application Form 
  • Application Fee of $60 
  • Official Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Intent & Resume
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Personal Interview

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants or those with foreign credentials must submit:

  • All applicants with transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit transcripts officially translated into English. 
  • International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Tuition Fee

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      46530 USD/year
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      Based on the tuition of 46530 USD per year during 18 months.

    Living costs for Philadelphia

    1313 - 2284 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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