MA Degree Completion Timeline

The Master of Arts in Museum Studies is designed to be completed in 2 – 3 years, including the Culminating Experience (CE) thesis or creative work project (CWP) option. This timeline assumes full-time attendance and can be adjusted with advising for part-time attendance.

Courses in Museum Studies

For a complete listing of all courses in Museum Studies, visit the SF State Bulletin here.

Semester 1

  • Enrollment in MS 700 and 860 required
  • Begin formulating CE research ideas

Semester 2 / Summer 

  • Advising and applying for core internship
  • Advising and development of thesis topic or CWP, and initial research for annotated bibliography

Semester 3

  • Attend thesis advising sessions to prepare to file Advancement to Candidacy forms (for spring graduation)

By May of second academic year

  • Completion of required and elective courses
  • Attend thesis advising sessions to prepare to file Advancement to Candidacy forms (for fall graduation)
  • Second elective internship in spring or summer

By May of third academic year

  • Completion of CE