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Master’s Degrees in Museum Studies

587 Yearly Graduations
$31,200 Median Salary
$38,963 Median Debt
There are 42 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in museum studies. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 19% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 7.7% of museum studies graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Museum Studies Majors

In 2018-2019, 587 master's degrees were awarded to museum studies majors. This earns it the #141 spot on the list of the most popular master's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in museum studies at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 587
Graduate Certificate 123
Basic Certificate 43
Bachelor’s Degree 33
Associate’s Degree 9
Undergraduate Certificate 6

Earnings of Museum Studies Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in museum studies is $31,200. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $30,900 to a high of $34,750.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in museum studies is $38,963. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $46,852 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $38,194.

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The median monthly payment of a museum studies graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $454.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in museum studies. About 84.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 91
Women 496
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Museum Studies

The racial-ethnic distribution of museum studies master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 23
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 405
International Students 45
Other Races/Ethnicities 53
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Museum Studies Master's Degree Students

There are 42 colleges that offer a master’s degree in museum studies. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
87 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for museum studies students seekinga master's degree is Johns Hopkins University. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their master's degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins. About 94% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
58 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is George Washington University. Each year, around 27,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,453 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $31,770 per year.

The museum studies program at George Washington University awarded 58 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 90% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
53 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 31,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The museum studies program at Harvard University awarded 53 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 81% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

New York University

New York, New York
35 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

The museum studies program at New York University awarded 35 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 80% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 47,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at UW Seattle. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#6

SUNY Oneonta

Oneonta, New York
23 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

SUNY Oneonta is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 6,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their master's degree in museum studies from SUNY Oneonta. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#7

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
22 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of San Francisco comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in museum studies. Each year, around 10,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,740 per year.

The museum studies program at University of San Francisco awarded 22 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#8

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
20 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas Tech University. Each year, around 38,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,744 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,958 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at Texas Tech. Of these students, 75% were women and 10% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois
19 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Western Illinois University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in museum studies. Each year, around 7,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,627 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,962 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at WIU. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#10

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
17 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in museum studies. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at Syracuse. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#10

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
17 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Illinois at Chicago. Roughly 32,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,924 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,276 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their master's degree in museum studies from UIC. About 76% of this group were women, and 18% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
16 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is Georgetown University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their master's degree in museum studies from Georgetown. About 100% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
16 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of the Arts is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $46,530 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,530 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at UArts. About 100% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

16 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 29,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

The museum studies program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis awarded 16 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 88% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey
15 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seton Hall University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in museum studies. Roughly 10,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,460 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,580 per year.

The museum studies program at Seton Hall University awarded 15 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
15 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tufts University is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

The museum studies program at Tufts University awarded 15 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 7% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, California
14 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is John F. Kennedy University. Each year, around 1,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at JFKU. About 86% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
13 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Francisco State University comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in museum studies. Each year, around 29,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 master's degrees were handed out to museum studies majors at SFSU. Of these students, 77% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Buffalo State

Buffalo, New York
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for museum studies majors who are seeking their master's degree is Buffalo State. Roughly 8,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

The museum studies program at Buffalo State awarded 11 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma
10 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Tulsa is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in museum studies. Roughly 4,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,698 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,896 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 people received their master's degree in museum studies from University of Tulsa. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to museum studies that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Other Interdisciplinary Studies 1,894
Nutrition Science 1,182
International Studies 1,084
Sustainability Science 1,014
Computational Science 682

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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