MA in Museum Education

NOTE: We are not accepting applications for the MA in Museum Education program at this time.

The Master of Arts program in Museum Education is a program of study within the art education department at Boston University. Students learn to teach visual art in a museum setting, to design curricula for museum educational programs, and to perform curatorial and administrative duties associated with departments of museum education. The program prepares students to address the contemporary educational needs of an art museum through training in education, museum studies, and arts administration. Skills gained are also applicable to art education programming in crafts, historical, and science museums.

Museum education students take courses from three University departments: art history, art education, and arts administration. The Master of Arts in Museum Education program is designed for students who have earned BA or BFA degrees in visual arts or art history and who wish to teach in cultural institutions other than public schools. Required for admission are a minimum of 3.0 grade point average and a portfolio that demonstrates artistic expertise in one or more studio disciplines. Students who demonstrate proficiency in studio work, have completed at least 25 studio credits, and earned a degree in art history may also be considered for admission.

Students benefit from unique collaborations between Boston University, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for both course and internship experiences. A full semester museum internship is required of all students.

The MA in Museum Education prepares students to address the contemporary educational needs of art museums. Graduate students become a cohesive community of art educators and studio practitioners.

Museum Education Curriculum

  • Art Education coursework
  • Directed Study—Internship
  • Approved courses from art history and arts management
  • Studio courses
  • Approved electives
  • Thesis