Student Resources

Museum Studies Students include mid-career museum professionals, people from other professional fields, and recent B.A. graduates.

The Museum Studies curriculum integrates hands-on experiences in The Global Museum, where second-year students train first-year and undergraduate minor students in various museum operations.

Museum Studies graduating class

Prospective Students

Explore the links below to find out more about SF State Museum Studies, one of the top five museum studies programs in the country, with the lowest cost in California. SF State Museum Studies is also recognized as a “Distinctive, High-Quality Program” by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Program Information Brochure (pdf)

Estimated Full-Time Tuition Rates

  • California residents per year: $7,750 USD
  • Out-of-state and international students per year: $ 7,750 base rate + $ 372 per unit enrolled; for full-time status, approximately $15,000 USD
  • Itemized costs and part-time tuition rates


New Students

Welcome to the program! Here are links to various resources to help you throughout your time with us.

Current Students

For our continuing students, these additional links will to help you move toward completion of your Master of Arts in Museum Studies. If you have questions at any time, please contact a Museum Studies faculty member.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO's) were developed

1. Identify the core features of museum professionalism (stewardship, service to community, collaboration, mission, ethical codes, professional organizations, career development resources). 

2. Outline the broad history of museums, their core organizational features, the social and political contexts of museums, and the role museums play in an increasingly global and diverse world. 

3. Summarize knowledge of key areas in museum practice and theory, specifically in collections care, museum fundraising, and exhibition design. 

4. Depending upon student emphasis, demonstrate significant knowledge of at least one of the following key areas in museum research and practice: curatorship; cultural property; museum education and public programming; registration/collections management; museum management and fundraising; and exhibition design. 

5. Apply hands-on practical and professional skills in experiential, service-learning settings with campus and community museum partners to support critical thinking, problem-solving, community engagement, and leadership development. 

6. Develop individual scholarship, creative activity and museum professionalism through activities such as written thesis, an exhibit component, an area of the written examination or professional activities. 


Program Learning Outcomes were based on consultation with faculty, who are museum professionals ; through a review of standards issued by professional museum organizations; thorugh a review of relevant literature; and through a review of the Program's goals, plans, resources, curriculum, and work in the Global Museum. 



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