• What is the Museum Studies Program about?

The Museum Studies Program at SUNO examines how museums produce and interpret culture and the role that museums play not only in our communities, but worldwide.  Students in our program will develop and apply skills that engage the functions, practices and critical analyses of museums.  Our courses address topics across the interdisciplinary perimeters of museum studies, including audience engagement, collections management, museum education, etc.  Our program is designed to educate students in the meaning and significance of museums in contemporary society and preparing them for diverse museum careers.


  • What can I do with a degree in Museum Studies?

A degree in Museum Studies can help you find a job as a museum registrar, curator, museum director, archivist, museum technician, museum educator, exhibit coordinator, visitor service specialist, museum librarian, cultural heritage information specialist, etc.  A specialization in Museum Studies is highly customizable and can be designed to suit the dynamic and changing needs of today’s museum profession.


  • Are there any GRE score requirements?

No, the GRE is not an admission requirement.


  • How and when can I apply for program?

You can apply to the program at any time by submitting your complete application to the Graduate Studies Department. The application can be downloaded here.


  • Can transfer students apply?

Yes, please speak with an advisor to see what courses can be transferred.


  • Do you offer online courses or distance learning?

Yes. As an accommodation to our out-of-state students or those who cannot make it to our on-ground classes, online classes are available.


  • Are there Cross Enrollment opportunities?

Yes, the Museum Studies Program has a cross enrollment with the Arts and Administration Program at the University of New Orleans.  Students who are enrolled in our program can take a course from another college or university to complete degree requirements.  Southern University at New Orleans allows students to do so as long as they meet the program requirements. Students can obtain a cross enrollment form from the Office of the Registrar

  • Do you offer a certificate in Museum Studies?

No. Our program is specifically geared towards a Masters of Art degree, which can be completed in four semesters if attending full-time.


  • Do you accept Letters of Recommendation by email?

No. All Letters of Recommendations must be hard copies, on institutional stationery, and signed and sealed by your recommender.  It is your responsibility to follow-up with your recommenders to determine whether or not your letters have been placed in the mail.  You also may submit your Letters of Recommendation with a hard copy of your application, but they still must be sealed.


  • Do you offer deferred admission?

Yes. You must submit your deferment request to program director before the start of the semester. You must apply for the year you are wishing to attend.


  • How long does it take to complete the Museum Studies Program?

For a student attending full-time, four semesters.


  • Are all courses offered each semester?

Not all courses are offered each semester, some only once a year.


  • How do online students interact with professor?

All online courses are administered through Blackboard.


  • What does the museum internship involve?

It involves working a 100 hours in a museum environment and submiting a report to your instructor. The report should detail the tasks you have performed during the internship and must be signed by your supervisor at the museum.


  • Can I intern my first semester in the Museum Studies Program?

No, you must complete your semester in the program before interning for credit?


  • Where can I apply to intern?

New Orleans has a rich heritage and many great museums.  Students who have been enrolled in the program spend their internships in various institutions, such as McKenna Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, World War II Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Le’ Musee, Stella Jones Gallery and New Orleans African American Museum.


  • Are there any grant or scholarship opportunities offered by the program? 

No. But financial aid is available to those who qualify. You may contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.


  • Does the program offer teaching assistantships?

No. The university does offer work-study awards and loan opportunities, for which you can apply when you submit a financial aid application (FASFA).


  • How much can I expect to pay for classes?

List of tuition fees is available here.


  • Is there university housing for out-of-state and international students?

Yes. SUNO offers out-of-state and international students the opportunity to live in university housing. For more information on housing options and prices, you can visit the SUNO Housing Web pages.


  • Can international students apply for financial aid and scholarships?

No. International students must secure their own finances before starting their study at SUNO.


  • Will students get hands-on opportunities?

Yes. The Museum Studies Program at SUNO offer classes at various museums in the city of New Orleans to get hands-on experience in collections management, exhibition design, and curatorship. Also, The University has a vast African Arts collection and in conjunction with the Center for African and African American Studies, enrolled students will have the opportunity to work with the collection.


  • What does it take to graduate?

Maintain a 3.0 in the program, completion of 36 credit hours including all mandatory classes, and the submission of a Master’s Thesis or Project.