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MA in Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies

MCHSnewThe Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) MA is designed for both those who wish to study museum practice and cultural heritage as an academic subject and those who seek careers in museums or other cultural heritage agencies. For incoming graduate students with a BA in Art History or a related field, we offer a 2-year MA with opportunities for extensive internship experience and sustained research.  For incoming and current FSU undergraduates, we also offer a 4+1 Combined BA/MA degree program, in which academically talented students may earn both degrees in a condensed time span.

        2-Year MA in MCHS


       4+1 BA/MA in MCHS

This program is available to incoming graduate students with a BA in Art History or a related field and reading knowledge of one foreign language. The program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework and 12 hours of internship including a capstone project.

There are two tracks for the MCHS MA, depending on the student's focus, both providing valuable field experience. Students interested in cultural heritage careers may work closely with Florida Department of State officials here in the capital city; first-year students on this track are considered for two competitive assistantships with the National Park Service at the Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee for academic year 2018-2019. Students wishing to pursue a museum career may choose The Ringling Track, spending their entire second year of study in Sarasota at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, one of the largest and most prestigious university museums in the country.

MCHS at FSU is part of the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market.  Students from any of the 16 SREB states may pursue an MA in this program at in-state tuition rates.

This combined degree pathway allows exceptional FSU students to complete both a BA and an MA degree in five years. Students who choose this path enroll in courses that count toward both degrees during their senior year, and complete their graduate work in the 5th year.

Undergraduate majors in Art History and students in other majors with at least 6 hours of coursework in Art History may apply to the MA program during the fall semester of the junior year. Before applying, students must also complete 6 hours of museum or cultural heritage internship (ARH 4941). Planning ahead and contacting the MCHS Director during the sophomore year are crucial steps to a successful application to this competitive pathway.

Upon admission to the MA program, students complete 12 hours of graduate coursework in their senior year, in addition to the remaining requirements for the BA degree. In the fifth year, students complete 18 hours of graduate coursework.

See the 2-Year MA Program Information page for details about admissions and course requirements.See the 4+1 Pathway Information page for details about admissions and course requirements.


The goal of MCHS 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 and use the past, and 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 Southeastern Archaeological Center, the Bureau of Archaeological Research, the Museum of Florida History, and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.