MA in Critical Museum Studies

Secure your position at the forefront of leadership and change in the rapidly shifting museum world. Our forward-thinking interdisciplinary degree integrates core coursework and internships in your choice of AnthropologyArtArts ManagementClassics and Media Study

A combination of an advanced degree and professional skills are critical for success in today’s competitive job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Candidates seeking archivist, curator, museum technician, or conservator jobs should expect very strong competition. Graduates with highly specialized training, a master’s degree, and internship or volunteer experience should have the best job prospects.”

Infographic that says, 10 Skills Employers Want: 1. Research 2. Data Collection and Analytics 3. Professional Conduct 4. Communication 5. Global Perspective 6. Critical Thinking 7. Organizational 8. Leadership 9. Customer Service 10. Digital Competency/Literacy .

Be Career Ready

  • Acquire the skills to manage the digital shift in a newly globalized museum world
  • Understand the emerging role of social media and edutainment and its impact on museum programming and audiences
  • Prepare for museums’ integral role in local economies, as reliable generators of tourist dollars, and the resulting pressure on museums to be more widely popular
  • Develop the tools to frame and implement a greater cultural and artistic vision

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills:

How much can you earn?

Bar graph, Salary: $85,000, high; $47,360 median; $26,000 low.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for archivists, curators and museum workers was $47,360 in May 2017. The highest 10% earned more than $85,000.

What career is in your future?


* Archivist
* Art Educator
* Curator
* Development Director
* Executive Director
* Museum Technician
* Registrar
* Tourism Specialist
* Collection Specialist
Conservator
* Community Engagement Officer
* Cultural Heritage Manager

Advantages of a Full-Time, Two-Year Program

The University at Buffalo is committed to providing a comprehensive, immersive graduate school experience with our interdisciplinary, two-year program. The second year of the program is centered on advanced applied learning requirements including an internship and Master’s thesis.

  • Learn how to take advantage of rapid changes in the museum world including the advent of single owner collections, identity-based museums and other challenges to the traditional museum model
  • Understand the defining issues facing museums now, and 10 years into the future
  • Expand your professional network by getting to know classmates with similar interests and goals
  • Connect with faculty members and professional staff members who are invested in your success, trained to listen, and experts at providing career guidance both in- and outside of the classroom

Learn more about Admissions requirements, process and deadlines.

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