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Museum Administration, Master of Arts

Art and Design
36 Credits

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Manhattan Campus


St. John’s University’s 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 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 conduct 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.

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

Students in this program may also qualify for a Curating, Museum Education, or Museum Studies Digital Badge.


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 
[email protected]

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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.

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 HistoryMetropolitan Museum of ArtMystic Seaport MuseumNational Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
National September 11 Memorial & MuseumPace GalleryQueens MuseumRubin Museum of Art
Shapiro AuctionsSmithsonian InstitutionSolomon R. Guggenheim MuseumTenement Museum
Voelker 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.