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Master of Arts

The Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies major at the MA level offers theoretical and practical training in the investigation and management of cultural heritage. Interdisciplinary courses explore the various ways in which people represent, value, and use the past, and how this past is taught, disseminated, and publicly debated. Extended internships provide professional experience in real world situations. To this end the program works closely with the Florida State University’’s system of museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, other local and regional art institutions, and governmental agencies, such as the Southeastern Archeological Center, the Bureau of Archaeological Research, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Museum of Florida History.

Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies is aimed at both those who wish to study museum practices and cultural heritage as an academic subject, and those who wish to obtain employment in museums or other cultural heritage agencies. The MA provides students with the research, conceptual, and analytical skills required of museum and cultural heritage professionals and provides a solid academic foundation for advanced research.

This program participates in the Academic Common Market (ACM), an agreement for sharing specialized academic programs among the participating states of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Participating states allow their residents who are fully admissible into specific University programs at out-of-state institutions to enroll there on an in-state tuition basis.


Prospective students should have a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in art history or a related field, such as archaeology, history, or classics and reading knowledge of one foreign language. Admissions are based on scholastic record, letters of recommendation, foreign language proficiency, and GRE scores.


The program is designed to be completed within 2 years (including six hours of internship during the summer after the first year of coursework).

Museum Studies Internship Program at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota

Florida State University’’s master’s program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies combines intensive academic coursework with the faculty in Art History at FSU with a full year of internship and professional coursework at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The program provides insight into and training for museum careers through practical work experience not available in most academic settings. After completing eight museum and art history courses in Tallahassee during the first year of study, students spend their second year in Sarasota at the Ringling. There they participate in the daily operations of specific museum departments and are intimately involved in all aspects of museum operations. A final project growing out of coursework and the internship serves as a capstone experience. For additional information please email Dr. Michael D. Carrasco, director of Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies.