Museum Studies

Museums of the 21st century are evolving. They’re increasing in number, expanding in size, and attracting more diverse audiences every day. Innovations in information and communication technologies are challenging museums to rethink their approach and transform the museum experience to keep up with the intellectual curiosity of today’s learners. The need has never been greater for leaders with the knowledge and skills to face these challenges and create a vision for the museums of the future.

Quick Stats

Course Locations Online
Available 100% Online No. Nine online courses and one onsite, two-week intensive seminar (to be held in Washington, DC, or in another location organized by the program) are required to complete the degree.
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 10 courses

The Johns Hopkins MA in Museum Studies offers a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in a changing technological, social and political environment. Geared for current and future museum professionals, it emphasizes technology’s critical role in today’s museum. It also examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies while exploring the role of the museum as an agent of social change.

We welcome students from around the world interested in all types of museums including history, technology, science, art, special topic or themed museums, historic sites, national parks and zoos as well as those interested in exhibitions for corporations, government agencies and private organizations.

The majority of the program is available online, allowing us to offer the expertise of highly regarded professors and museum professionals from around the world. You’ll also have access to innovative virtual field trips and global resources from a wide array of museums brought together in new and exciting ways. Our international student body provides diverse perspectives and experiences in a dynamic online learning environment.

Onsite Seminar

As part of the program, you’ll participate in a two-week, intensive museum study seminar in Washington, D.C., or in another location organized by the museum studies program. The seminar includes practicum opportunities in a variety of museum settings; conversations with local museum professionals; interaction with museum visitors; and class sessions to integrate the daily experiences. You’ll have a chance to use what you’ve learned in your prior courses, network with fellow students and museum experts, and explore the latest in museum practice, including exhibition design and development, public programming, collections management, conservation, and uses of technology in the museum.

Certificate Program in Digital Curation

Interested in Digital Curation, offered through the Museum Studies program? Learn more about the Online Certificate Program in Digital Curation, .

Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management

Interested in Nonprofit Management? Learn more about our combined MA in Museum Studies and Certificate in Nonprofit Management.