Museum Leadership

Museum Leadership

Master of Science in Museum Leadership
Master of Science in Museum Leadership
Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs at Westphal College
Watch our 11.13 Museum Leadership Open House
Watch our 11.13 Museum Leadership Open House

Each year, the 17,500 museums in the United States welcome more than 830 million visitors. The demographics of museum-going audiences are expanding at both the community and international levels, new technological developments are increasing options for access and interactivity, and governmental and philanthropic revenue resources are changing.

Most museum studies programs focus on traditional aspects of the field such as curation and conservation. The Museum Leadership program offered by Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was created to prepare future leaders in the profession to embrace the opportunities and challenges that the evolving museum landscape faces now and in the future.

Our broad conception of the field includes science, history, and cultural museums; living collections such as zoos, arboreta, and aquariums; and historical houses and sites. The program combines exceptional resources including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, world-class local institutions, and an international network of forward-thinking museums and museum professionals, with Drexel’s strengths in applied education, arts administration, business, information science, online learning, and more.

This 45-credit Master of Science degree, which includes a practicum, can be completed full- or part-time. The innovative curriculum includes instruction in board development; planning and design, including facilities planning and management; audience development; financial management; resource development for museums, including earned income streams; technology, including the uses of technology in exhibition design, communications, and management; education and public programming; partnerships and collaboration; and legal and ethical issues for museums.     


The Master of Science in Museum Leadership is designed to prepare leaders who will enable museums to fulfill their missions of stewardship and education. Graduates of the program will be prepared to:

  • Lead museums that preserve, present, and critically interpret the knowledge and heritage of diverse human societies and identities.
  • Guide museums toward financial security and stability.
  • Address the changing nature of museums by engaging with new technologies, educational and community outreach, demographic expansion, and a fluctuating political and philanthropic environment.
  • Build museums that address current public expectations of the museum experience, including responsiveness to diverse communities and a more participatory visitor experience.
  • Shape a workforce that represents the full diversity of each museum’s surrounding community.
  • Engage with their local communities as well as a national and international community of museums and museum-goers.

Join us by applying today.