Master of Museum Studies


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. Celebrating its 50th year, Museum Studies is focusing on risk-taking to inspire leadership and innovation in the profession and among students. You will contribute to communities by improving the relevance of cultural institutions, and encouraging social responsibility in a rapidly evolving world.

MMSt Program Director: Prof. Irina Mihalache

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 and museum management
  • Develop practical skills and pursue special interests by participating in:
    • MSL3000H: an optional 12-week summer internship
    • MSL4000Y: a graduating exhibition project option (if not taking the Thesis option)

Degree requirements

Students in the MMSt program can follow 1 of 2 pathways to completing their degree requirements:

  1. Exhibition pathway
  2. Thesis pathway

All MMSt students complete fifteen 0.5-credit courses (7.5 credits total), regardless of pathway chosen. Students are eligible to complete their pathways by incorporating courses from collaborative specializations, and/or include an internship experience. The program is designed to be a 2-year full-time program, but may take up to 3 years to complete (if needed). The program is only offered on a full-time basis.

The museum internship (MSL3000H, 0.5-credit) is a 12-week Summer internship opportunity in a recognized museum, gallery or related institution to link theory with practice. To be eligible for the museum internship, students are required to take INF3900H in their Year 1 Fall term. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Summer 2020, slight changes have been made to the internship opportunities and offering

Collaborative specializations are offered to students enrolled in the MMSt program. Note: Students must apply and be admitted to both the MMSt program and the Collaborative Specialization of interest.

Pathways

Exhibition pathway Thesis pathway
  • All of the following Museum Studies courses:
    • MSL1150H Collection Management (0.5-credit)
    • MSL1230H Ethics, Leadership, Management (0.5-credit)
    • MSL2331H Exhibitions, Interpretation, Communication (0.5-credit)
    • MSL2370H Museums and Cultural Heritage: Context and Critical Issues (0.5-credit)
  • MSL2350H Museum Planning and Management: Projects, Fundraising and Human Resources OR INF2040H Project Management (0.5 credit)
  • MSL4000Y Exhibition Project (1.0-credit)
  • Eight 0.5-credit elective courses (4.0 credits total)
    • at least 1 elective (0.5-credit) must be an MMSt elective course
  • All of the following Museum Studies courses:
    • MSL1150H Collection Management (0.5-credit)
    • MSL1230H Ethics, Leadership, Management (0.5-credit)
    • MSL2331H Exhibitions, Interpretation, Communication (0.5-credit)
    • MSL2370H Museums and Cultural Heritage: Context and Critical Issues (0.5-credit)
  • MSL2350H Museum Planning and Management: Projects, Fundraising and Human Resources OR INF2040H Project Management (0.5 credit)
  • One research methods course, appropriate to the program of study, with a final grade of at least A-. INF1240H automatically satisfies this requirement. To request that another course satisfy this requirement, contact the MMSt Program Director prior to taking this course. (0.5-credit)
  • Five 0.5-credit elective courses (2.5 credits total)
    • at least 1 elective (0.5-credit) must be an MMSt elective course
  • Thesis (2.0-credits)

 

  • Student Learning Outcomes

  • Careers in Museum studies

  • Professional Associations