Museum practitioners are committed to discovery, engagement, and education. To excel in the field, you have to be adept at making connections and seeing possibilities. It’s that spark that keeps collections relevant, audiences inspired, and operations smooth. 

At Harvard you’ll find:

Targeted approach to starting or advancing your career in museums

  • There are eight courses with the program, plus an internship and a capstone. You focus squarely on museum studies to ensure an in-depth knowledge of the field.
  • You have access to Harvard University-wide resources, such as Harvard museums, and program-specific options, including research assistantships, and job and internships services.

Flexible options to fit your schedule

  • With evening and online course options, you can balance school and other commitments.
  • Courses run in fall or spring terms (about 15 weeks each), a three-week January session, or a seven-week Harvard Summer School term to accelerate degree completion.

Affordable tuition

Graduate-credit tuition is about $2,200 per course. In total, tuition is roughly $22,000. After you are admitted, a variety of financial aid options may be available.

A Harvard credential

Youll earn a Harvard University degree: the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies in the field of museum studies.

How to get started

To begin working toward your degree, start off with one course. On your path to admission, you'll take three program courses before submitting an application. This is a great way to find out if the program is the right fit for you. 

To begin:

  1. Explore who the museum studies program is for.
  2. Then, learn how to begin in Getting Started and Admission.