SJU Introduces M.A. Program for Aspiring Museum Administrators   

Monday, March 10, 2014

St. John’s University is launching a new Master of Arts in Museum Administration to prepare students for careers in an evolving industry swept by globalization and rapid technological change. The 36-credit degree will be offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Queens campus starting in the Fall 2014 semester.

“In the competitive museum arena, an advanced degree and hands-on professional experience are necessary,” said Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of art history and director, graduate program in museum administration.  “We designed the curriculum to take advantage of St. John’s global and domestic resources to provide opportunities for experiential learning, research, mentorships, and internships in New York City—a global art center—as well as abroad.”

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the program provides students with the knowledge and skills for success in a full range of museum administration specializations, including curatorial, exhibition, management, development, collection, preservation, museum writing, and education. “Museum administration offers liberal arts majors exciting employment opportunities across disciplines that they may not know exist,” said Rosenberg.

Students participate in site visits to New York’s world-famous museums, archives, libraries, and other cultural resources. They also have the opportunity to take electives from the University’s graduate program in public history. SJU’s Paris and Rome campuses will provide study abroad and internship opportunities, while the Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery will showcase student curatorial projects.

Courses cover topics such as “Introduction to Working in Museums,” “The Modern Museum: History and Theory,” and “Introduction to Curatorial Studies,” as well as electives like “Introduction to Public History” and “The Business of Museums.” 

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Museum Administration are expected to have completed a bachelor of arts degree with at least 24 credits in art history or a major in a related area of the humanities (for example, history, English, anthropology, etc.) and coursework in art history.

Photo taken at the Chelsea Gallery District.