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Online Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Overview of the Program

Southern University at New Orleans offers the only Master of Arts in Museum Studies in the State of Louisiana.  The mission of the department is to educate and train a diverse student population to be professionals and leaders in the museum and arts sectors. SUNO Online offers a 100% online accelerated Master of Arts in Museum Studies.  The program includes a rigorous study of Museology, which is dedicated to the study of the theories, procedures, and managerial concepts of museums. Utilizing a  balanced approach between theory and practice, students gain in-depth knowledge about several aspects of the African Diaspora and museum work, including collections management, exhibition design, museum education, audience engagement, digital strategies, and community involvement.  As part of the degree program, students are engaged in applied practice through a required practicum experience in local, regional and national museums, which serve as extended classrooms.

Program Learning Outcomes
The goals of the program are to:
  1. expose to the role museums in creating social and cultural value in communities.
  2. create awareness of the African Disapora's contribution to the world cultural heritage.
  3. examine contemporary and historical issues that impact diversity, inclusion, and social justice in museums.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The Museum Studies Graduate Program prepares students for careers in a variety of museums, private galleries, libraries, archives, national parks, and historical associations.

Admissions Requirements

The admissions criteria can be found in the Graduate Catalog section of the University Catalog.  

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Graduate or post-baccalaureate work GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Philosophy
Degree Requirements

Museum Studies students will earn the Master of Arts degree upon completion of the following:

  • grade point average 3.0 or higher in the program
  • 36 semester credit hours, including all mandatory classes
  • approval of the Master’s Thesis or Capstone Project
  • the 100-hour supervised practicum