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The two-year master’s degree in Museum Studies is a unique cooperation between Central European University and the Wien Museum, providing students with rigorous academic training in historical studies combined with practical, hands-on museum experience. It combines opportunities for experiential learning at Europe’s leading museums with both foundational coursework in the history and theory of museums, and the multidisciplinary study of the past. The program provides students with the skills, experience, and professional knowledge needed in today’s museum. This English-language program will prepare students for a wide range of careers in museums and memory institutions across the world.
Candidates from any country can apply for CEU financial aid in this MA program. Learn more about how to fund your studies here.
Learning at the Museum
All students will take courses taught by staff of the Wien Museum, with a focus on practical work in museums today. Students will learn about every aspect of museum operations, from curatorial research, to creating educational programs, to marketing and fundraising. The courses are structured around hands-on projects and independent museum work, providing students with valuable skills for their future museum careers. Courses include:
Learning at the University
The program combines practical training with CEU’s student experience, offering research driven and public-facing university education to a new generation of museum workers. Students study the history and theory of museums and other memory institutions and pursue two years of elective coursework from the Department‘s interdisciplinary curriculum in historical studies, ranging from late antiquity to the present. Students can specialize in any period of history, focus on specific regions, or deepen their understanding of particular topics in the study of the past and their expressions in art, scholarship, and public discourse. They develop expertise in the field of their own interest, working closely with expert faculty to apply this knowledge in the museum world and engage different audiences. Courses include:
Working at the Museum
Students will undertake two internships during the course of the degree program. In the first year, students will do an internship at a Viennese museum, working in various departments, offering insight into the everyday work of the museum. In the second year, students will take part in an intensive internship at a museum of their choosing where they will work on a capstone project for the degree.
The program cooperates with partners in Vienna's and the wider region's rich museum scene. Students have the opportunity to apply for internships at:
Program Entry Requirements
In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants must provide:
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose (500-750 words) should explain your interest in the Museum Studies program, demonstrate your motivation for a professional career in the museum world, and provide further details on:
- ideas for an individual museum project
- internship interests
- previous experience in museum work (if any, not required)
- research areas you see particularly relevant to your interests
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