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Museum Studies | Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Museum Studies Program about?

The Museum Studies Program at SUNO examines how museums produce and interpret culture and the role that museums play not only in our communities but worldwide. Students in our program will develop and apply skills that engage the functions, practices, and critical analyses of museums. Our courses address topics across the interdisciplinary perimeters of museum studies, including audience engagement, collections management, museum education, etc. Our program is designed to educate students about the meaning and significance of museums in contemporary society and to prepare them for diverse museum careers. 

What can I do with a degree in Museum Studies?

A degree in Museum Studies can help you find a job as a museum registrar, curator, museum director, archivist, museum technician, museum educator, exhibit coordinator, visitor service specialist, museum librarian, cultural heritage information specialist, etc. A specialization in Museum Studies is highly customizable and can be designed to suit the dynamic and changing needs of today’s museum profession.

Are there any GRE score requirements?

No, the GRE is not an admission requirement.

How and when can I apply for the program?

You can apply to the program at any time by submitting your complete application to the School of Graduate Studies.

Can transfer students apply?

Yes, please speak with an adviser to see what courses can be transferred.

Do you offer online courses or distance learning?

Yes, the program is 100% online.

Are there Cross Enrollment opportunities?

Yes, the Museum Studies Program has a cross-enrollment with the Arts and Administration Program at the University of New Orleans. Students who are enrolled in our program can take a course from another college or university to complete degree requirements. Southern University at New Orleans allows students to do so as long as they meet the program requirements. Students can obtain a cross-enrollment form from the Office of the Registrar.

Do you offer a certificate in Museum Studies?

No. Our program is specifically geared towards a Masters of Arts degree, which can be completed in four semesters if attending full-time.

Do you offer deferred admission?

Yes. You must submit your deferment request to the program director before the start of the semester. You must apply for the year you are wishing to attend.

How long does it take to complete the Museum Studies Program?

For a student attending full-time, four semesters.

Are all courses offered each semester?

Not all courses are offered each semester, some only once a year.

 What does the museum internship involve?

It involves working 100 hours in a museum environment and submitting a report to your instructor.

 Are there any grant or scholarship opportunities offered by the program?

No. But financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Does the program offer teaching assistantships?

No. The university does offer work-study awards and loan opportunities, for which you can apply when you submit a financial aid application (FASFA).

 Can international students apply for financial aid and scholarships?

No. International students must secure their own finances before starting their study at SUNO.