Master of Museum Studies

Become a Museum Studies professional

The Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) is the only English-speaking master's program of its kind in Canada. It is both academic and professional from the integration of museological theory with experience.

Museum professionals manage collections, create educational programs for the public, organize exhibitions, manage projects, run cultural institutions, and many other aspects of museum and heritage work. They uncover stories, bring them to life, and preserve for future generations. These professions are undergoing constant evolution driven by the changes of the modern digital information era.

Program Features
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of the functions of museums in their broader social and cultural contexts.
  • Be forward-focussed and understand where museums are headed in the future.
  • Develop a strong theoretical background and professional understanding of museum origins, ideologies, changing philosophies and current practices.
  • Learn methodologies for research
  • Core courses examine museological scholarship and its practical application in different environments and facets, including:
    • collections
    • curatorship
    • digital heritage
    • global cultures and museums
    • museum education and programming
    • museum management
  • Develop practical skills and pursue special interests by participating in:
    • an optional 12-week summer internship
    • a graduating exhibition project option (if not taking the Thesis option) 

Specifications & Options

Requirements: 

The MMSt is offered on a full-time basis (2 years). There is no part-time enrolment option. 
 
Additional options include:
 
  • Complete a 12 week Summer Internship in a recognized museum, gallery or related institution to link theory with practice.
  • Include elective courses that satisfy one Collaborative Program. Four collaborative programs are offered to students enrolled in the MMSt program. Note: Students must be apply and be admitted to both the MMSt program and the Collaborative Program of interest. 
  • Students interested in the cross section of information and museum studies may wish to apply for the Concurrent Registration Option (CRO) to explore areas such as museum informatics, digital cultural heritage, cultural information policy, the intersection of cultural memory institutions (libraries, archives and museums), digital curation, and the use of social networking technology in museums, among other interests. The CRO allows students to complete both MI + MMSt in three years.

Student Experience & Professional Development

Engage widely in various professional circles and broaden your horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries. Our students, alumni and faculty are members of many professional associations. Our strong ties, built over many years, with these institutions keep us all abreast of the latest trends in the industries. Throughout the year, you may find representatives and members of these associations taking active roles in assisting our students by providing relevant industry insights and networking opportunities. These include:

Other opportunities to gain experience include:

Alumni Profile

Careers in Museum Studies

The University of Toronto iSchool has dedicated Career Services available to our Master's students, including networking events, guest speakers, resume and interview preparation, job site (job listings) and more. Learn more about the career possibilities with a graduate degree in Museum Studies.

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