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4+1 Combined BA/MA Degree in Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies

Published August 15, 2016


The Department of Art History offers a 4+1 BA/MA program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) for academically ambitious FSU undergraduates. This combined degree program allows exceptional incoming and current FSU students to complete both a BA and an MA degree in five years. For incoming graduate students who already have a BA in Art History or a related field, we offer a 2-year MA with two specific career tracks. Students interested in more sustained research and cultural heritage careers can work closely with Florida Department of State officials here in the capital city.

Those wishing to pursue a career in museum work may choose to focus on the Ringling Track, spending their entire second year of study in an extensive internship at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Which is one of the largest and most prestigious university museums in the country. Our MCHS program is a part of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market. Students from any of the 15 SREB states may pursue a degree in the program at in-state tuition rates.

The Ringling Museum of Art Interior

The Ringling Museum of Art Interior

The Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies program offers theoretical and practical training in the investigation and management of cultural heritage. Our mission is to provide students with the research and analytical skills required of museum professionals as well as a solid academic foundation for advanced study in the history of art. The program combines Art History coursework and hands-on museum experience.

Interdisciplinary courses explore the various ways in which people represent value. How they use the past, how this past is taught, disseminated and publicly debated. Extended internships provide professional experience in real world situations. We work closely with FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Ringling Museum of Art, other local and regional art institutions, and government agencies such as the Southeast Archaeological Center, the Bureau of Archaeological Research, the Museum of Florida History, and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

For additional details on admissions and degree requirements, visit our MCHS Programs page.