Museum Administration, Master of Arts
St. John’s University’s new master’s degree program in museum administration provides opportunities for research and professional training in the history and preservation of cultural artifacts. The program encompasses curatorial practice, collections and exhibitions management, museum education, and application of museum-specific communication techniques and technology platforms. Students have the opportunity to combine academic study with exposure to New York City museum collections and engagement with experts in the field. The program welcomes students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Students create personalized study plans and chart career paths for a wide range of museum specializations.
The 36-credit program in museum administration includes a three- or six-credit internship, opportunities to showcase original research through curatorial projects, and the advantage of pursuing interdisciplinary collection-based expertise through nine credits of study in public history and library and information science. Study and internship experiences are available through the University’s Queens and Manhattan campuses and study abroad sites in Rome and Paris. Graduate assistantships with funding support are available through competitive application.
This program is approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Museum Administration
Associate Professor of Art History
St. John's University
St. John Hall, Room B11-E
Queens, NY 11439
Applicants to the M.A. in Museum Administration must present:
Evidence of the successful completion of a B.A. with at least 24 credits in art history or a major in a related area in the humanities (e.g., history, English, anthropology) and coursework in art history. Students with undergraduate majors in other areas may be admitted upon review by the graduate director and the Dean’s Office. An interview is recommended. Students may take additional courses in disciplinary specializations with approval by the graduate director as a condition for admission to the program.
Applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as well as 3.0 or better in the major discipline.
Office of Graduate Admission
Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Director, Museum Administration M.A.
A master’s degree in Museum Administration from St. John’s University will prepare you to enter the dynamic, fast-paced world of international and local cultural institutions. Upon graduation with your M.A. from SJU, you’ll be well-suited for a wide range of museum specializations, including collections management, curation, exhibition management, marketing and development of cultural institutions, and museum education. The opportunity for interdisciplinary learning in Library and Information Science or Public History can also help you prepare for a career as an art librarian or museum archivist. During your time in the program, you will have the opportunity to intern in a professional setting that will align your academic interests and career goals with first-hand training and mentorship. The degree will open doors leading to positions in art and history museums, historical societies, community art centers, and art galleries in New York City and cultural centers around the globe.
Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D., earned a doctorate from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in the field of early modern sculpture, design, and collecting practices in 1920s France. Early in her career, she participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art and worked as a research assistant in the curatorial departments of the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum. She also served as a graduate intern in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of 20th-century art. Later, she was assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum.
Dr. Rosenberg’s publications include contributions to museum collection catalogues and exhibitions, and to publications focused on the work of Trisha Brown, Alice Neel, Gabriel Orozco, and Christian Marclay. She has also written about contemporary video art. Her most recent scholarly writings on choreographer and artist Trisha Brown have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review and October magazine (MIT Press) and at the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Germany. As scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York, she has lectured widely on Brown’s work and organized scholarly symposia on the subject of live art in the museum context.
Amy Gansell, Ph.D., earned a doctorate in ancient Near Eastern art from Harvard University. Following an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she worked on the Royal Tombs of Ur traveling exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, later contributing entries to Harvard’s Byzantine Women exhibition catalogue and ancient bronze catalogue. From 2008 to 2010 she served at the US Department of State as the associate coordinator for Iraqi and Afghan cultural heritage, working on projects to restore and build professional capacity at the Afghan National Museum, the National Museum of Iraq, and the site of Babylon in Iraq. She gained substantial archaeological experience at sites in the US, France, Tunisia, Crete, Syria, and Turkey, where she was head registrar at the site of Tell Atchana.
Previously a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Dr. Gansell has been rewarded with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq. Her scholarly essays have appeared in prestigious international journals including the Cambridge Archaeological Journal and the Journal of Archaeological Science. Currently, she is writing a book on the beauty and material culture of ancient Mesopotamian queens.