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Museum Administration, Master of Arts

Art and Design


Succeed in New York City's vibrant art field with a master's degree in Museum Administration from St. John's University!

St. John’s Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Museum Administration provides opportunities for research and professional training in the history and preservation of cultural artifacts. Our program trains you with the expertise and practical knowledge you need to build a career as a curator, collection and exhibition manager, registrar, museum educator, or specialist in museum membership, development, and outreach. As part of the program at St. John's, you also have the option to complete elective credits in the related fields of Public History and Library and Information Science.

Our courses are taught by active museum professionals and we offer annual special topics seminars addressing timely issues in the museum field. You actively engage with New York City's vibrant art world through coursework and internships, preparing you to enter the job market with wide-ranging knowledge and experience in a variety of professional specializations. 

We welcome students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and offer study and internship experiences through the University’s Queens and Manhattan campuses, as well as our locations in Rome, Italy and Paris, France.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, year-round, and graduate assistantships with funding support are available through competitive application.

St. John's University's Queens campus features its own art gallery, allowing you to gain hands-on experience with curating an exhibition. Courses are delivered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals and students pursuing internships. 

As a student in the Museum Administration master's program, you may also qualify for a Curating, Museum Education, or Museum Studies Digital Badge.

The M.A. in Museum Administration at St. John’s is approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 


Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Museum Administration
Professor of Art History
St. John's University
St. John Hall, Room B11-E 
Queens, NY  11439 
[email protected]

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Applicants to the M.A. in Museum Administration must present:

  • Evidence of the successful completion of a bachelor's degree with a major in an area that intersects with museum practice (E.g. art history, history, anthropology, fine arts, graphic design, photography, journalism, public relations, business, library and information science, natural sciences)
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 as well as 3.0 or higher in the major discipline

Students who have not met the GPA requirement as undergraduates may take two courses on a non-matriculated basis to demonstrate the ability to succeed at graduate-level work. 

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]


M.A. Museum Administration Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Museum Administration requires 36 semester hours. A maximum of nine credits may be substituted from Library and Information SciencePublic History, or another appropriate graduate program with approval from the graduate director.

Required Courses

ART 101Introduction to Working in Museums3 credits
ART 102The Modern Museum: History, Theory, and Practice3 credits
ART 103Writing for Museums3 credits
ART 105Introduction to Curatorial Studies (Prerequisite: ART 103)3 credits
ART 106; 107Topics in Museum Administration I; II6 credits
ART 600Internship I3 credits

Sample Elective Courses

ART 200Collections Management3 credits
ART 201Exhibition Management3 credits
ART 301The Museum as Learning Environment3 credits
ART 500The Business of Museums3 credits
ART 502Museums and Technology in the 21st Century3 credits
ART 601Internship II3 credits
ART 602Supervised Research3 credits

Career Outcomes

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.

Recent graduates of the Museum Administration program have completed internships in the areas of curatorial research; museum education; exhibitions installations; and registrarial, archives, and collection management with the following prestigious and dynamic institutions:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

ArtTableAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryEl Museo del Barrio
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryHolographic StudiosHudson Valley MOCAKings Manor Museum
Metropolitan Museum of ArtMuseum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)Mystic Seaport MuseumNational Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
National Parks of New York HarborNational September 11 Memorial & MuseumNew York Foundation for the ArtsPace Gallery
Parrish Art MuseumQueens MuseumRubin Museum of ArtShapiro Auctions
Smithsonian InstitutionSolomon R. Guggenheim MuseumTenement MuseumVoelker Orth Museum



Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D., earned a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in the field of early modern sculpture, design, and collecting practices in 1920s France. With 20 years of museum experience, she has held positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Seattle Art Museum. She currently serves as scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and in fall 2016 was a Fellow in the ART & LAW program, New York.

Rosenberg’s most recent book, Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art (Wesleyan University Press) received the CAA’s summer 2015 Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award. Her writings have appeared in numerous international academic journals and museum catalogues, among them October, TDR, and most recently: Nancy Graves Projects, (Ludwig Kunstforum, Aachen German); Minimalisms: 1960s-1980s (Centre Pompidou, Paris); and the anthology Spacescapes: Dance & drawing (Zurich: JRP-Ringier).

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.

Graduate Assistantships

You may apply for graduate assistantships throughout the University. These positions offer tuition remission and, typically, a stipend. You can find more information about graduate assistantships on the Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships page.