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.
Specifications & Features
Entry point is once a year, in September
2 years full-time only; no part-time enrolment
Degree requirements: required courses and suggested electives
For the MMSt degree, studies can:
Faculty - active instructors:
primary contact: Prof. Costis Dallas, Director of Museum Studies program
iSchool Labs/Institues: Museum Studies Lab
- 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:
- digital heritage
- global cultures and museums
- museum education and programming
- museum management
- Develop practical skills and pursue special interests by participating in:
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.
Practicum for obtaining professional experience and compentencies
Job shadowing iSchool alumni
Career services preparation: networking events, guest speakers, job site (job listings)
the annual iSchool Graduate Student Conference
- AAM - American Alliance of Museums
- CAHP - Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals
- CAPC - Canadian Association of Professional Conservators
- CCI - Canadian Conservation Institute
- CMA - Canadian Museum Association
- ICOM - International Council of Museums
- OAAG - Ontario Association of Art Galleries
- OMA - Ontario Museum Association
Explore a novel interdisciplinary area or a special development in a particular discipline.
Concurrent Registration Option (CRO)
Master of Information/Master of Museum Studies (MI/MMSt)
FULL-TIME, PART-TIME, NON-DEGREE STUDIES
Careers in Musuem Studies
Consider the career possibilities with a graduate degree in Museum Studies.
Master of Museum Studies
"I have always had a passion for the 3 C's of Museum work: Conservation, Curation and Collections. The MMSt program has given me an opportunity to explore these fields...and confirmed where my heart lies."
"The Master of Museum Studies program enabled me to stay tuned with the most current museological theories & practices, offering me multiple perspectives in a highly interdisciplinary environment."
- Valentine Moreno, Curator of Multidisciplinary Programs, Koffler Centre of the Arts