About the Program

For three decades, the Program in Museum Studies at New York University has offered an innovative course of study in the contemporary theory and practice of museum work. Emphasizing both the interdisciplinary study of museums and courses of practical training, the program has prepared more than three hundred graduates for positions of increasing responsibility in museums throughout the world. Our graduates are working in museums of fine art, history, anthropology, technology, and natural history; in arboretums, national parks, and science centers; with private and corporate collections; and in government agencies, historical societies, and art galleries. And their careers cover the full range of museum activity, working as directors, curators, educators, registrars, collection managers, and development, media and public relations specialists.

In addition to obtaining a broad foundation in the history and theory of museums, the creation and maintenance of exhibitions and collections, and museum management, our students pursue personal programs of study supporting individual academic and career objectives. Museum Studies at NYU actively crosses disciplinary boundaries in two ways, assembling scholars from many academic fields whose work engages museum theory and practice, and training students to perform a variety of roles within all types of museums. Located in New York City, the cultural capital of the world, and within a great university known for its interdisciplinary orientation, NYU Museum Studies offers an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for the challenges of museum work in this new century.

The Program in Museum Studies at New York University offers an innovative course of study in the contemporary theory and practice of museum work.  Emphasizing both the interdisciplinary study of museums and courses of practical training, the program has prepared more than three hundred graduates for positions of increasing responsibility in museums throughout the world.
In addition to pursuing further degrees, alumni of the Program currently hold positions at the following institutions:
ICI (Independent Curators International)
Alaska Community Foundation
Alexander Gray Associates
American Museum of Natural History
Americas Society
Arab Youth Venture Foundation
Art Preservation Services
Bitforms Gallery
Boston Public Schools
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Historical Society (2)
Brooklyn Museum
California Historical Society
California State Parks Foundation
Camp Alonim
Christie’s
Cornell University
Dallas Heritage Village
Dedalus Foundation
Eva Dean Dance
Fossil
Friends of the High Line
Granite Club
Groundswell
Hauser & Wirth
Historic Albany Foundation
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Hudson River Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum
Jeff Koons Studio
Johns Hopkins University
Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Masterpiece International Ltd.
Matheson & Howell PC
Matthew Marks Gallery
Merchants House Museum (2)
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Morgan Library & Museum
Morris-Jumel Mansion
Museum of American Finance (2)
Museum of the City of New York
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
New-York Historical Society
New York University
Newark Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University
Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Penn Museum
Pentagram Design (2)
Philips Auctioneers
Point Foundation
Points of Light
Princeton University Art Museum
Rocky Mountain National Park/National Park Service
Ropes & Gray LLC
Rubin Museum of Art
San diego history center
San Diego Regional Airport Authority
Science Museum
Shea Art Advisory Inc.
Sheldon Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution
SOAS, The University of London
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2)
Spain Arts and Culture
Stanford University
Tate
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, American Friends
The Asian Art Museum
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
The Jewish Musuem
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (4)
The Morgan Library and Museum
The Museum of Modern Art (2)
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.
The University of Alabama
The University of Texas at Austin
Town Hall Seattle
University of Toronto
Wexner Center for the Arts
Whitney Museum of American Art
Women’s Refugee Commission
Yale University Art Gallery
Want to learn more about an alum/alumna at one of these institutions?  Please contact Aimee VonBokel, Ph.D. for further information at aimee.vonbokel@nyu.edu.

Houda Lazrack '16 interned at the Rubin Museum in 2015 and ran into a familiar face!
Houda Lazrack ’16 interned at the Rubin Museum in 2015 and ran into a familiar face!
Several students interned at the Whitney Museum during the construction of their new building.
Several students interned at the Whitney Museum during the construction of their new building.
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