Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Master of Arts in Museum Studies


The College of Professional and Continuing Studies Master of Arts in Museum Studies a 100% online, cutting-edge program designed to prepare today’s museum professionals for the challenges of tomorrow. The comprehensive curriculum addresses museum management procedures, budget administration, exhibit and educational programming, and community interaction. We are proud to be home to one of very few degrees in the nation to offer comprehensive education for museum operation.

 Quick Facts

Credit Hours: 33

Duration: 24 months

Start Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Tuiton: $26,994 ($818/credit hour)*


Degree Details

The Museum Studies master's program is designed to accommodate working adults and can be completed in as little as two years. All fall and spring semester courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Summer session courses are eight weeks long. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. 

With courses that prepare you to meet the challenges of directing, operating or working at a museum, a Museum Studies master’s degree from OU is distinct in its flexibility. Use what you learn in this program to advance your museum and help it succeed.

What You'll Learn

  • How to become a well-informed museum professional that can adapt to new challenges and opportunities
  • The history and architecture of public museums from the late 18th century to present
  • An understanding of top-quality museum administration and management techniques
  • How to successfully interact with the public through exhibitions, educational programming, volunteer associations and more
  • How to make museum collections mesh with your museum’s goals
  • How to identify and document historic building, sites and structures
  • Best practices in technology and ways to connect with museum audiences through technological trends

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Tuition and Fees - An Investment in Your Future

Online programs are an investment in each student’s future, and OU makes every effort to see that each qualified candidate is able to attend. Current students use many types of financing to cover their expenses such as Financial Aid. To learn more, please fill out the form above to speak with one of our enrollment counselors.

The Museum Studies program tuition is $26,994 ($818/credit hour).*

$350 nonrefundable tuition deposit

  • Reserves spot in upcoming class
  • Counts toward first semester tuition

 *Program rate is pending approval by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

**Oklahoma residents applying for the Spring or Summer 2022 semester will receive a one-semester partial tuition waiver.


Getting Started: Admissions Requirements

STEP ONE: Complete Online Application Form

You can start an online application here. As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application.

STEP TWO: Provide Your Supporting Materials

The online Museum Studies program requires the following supporting materials:

  • Statement of Purpose: A 300-500 word statement describing your career goals and how the chosen degree program aligns with those goals. The statement should also address educational history, including any disparity in undergraduate GPA, and significant life events leading to the decision to apply to graduate school.
  • Current Resume: Formatted in a professional manner, highlighting past work experience and education.
  • Last Degree Conferring Transcript: Must be uploaded into the online application with the rest of your materials.

Once all required materials have been received, your application file will be sent to our Admissions Committee.

STEP THREE: Review and Evaluation

The review process takes two to three weeks and admitted students will receive communication as soon as an official decision has been rendered. Post-acceptance next steps will be provided to admitted students at this time.


No one knows more about what you want from a university than the people who have already gone through the process—our graduates. Read what our alumni have to say about our programs, and you’ll see why so many nontraditional students choose the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies as their first step toward a better career.



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