Johns Hopkins University

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Museum Studies Program

MA in Museum Studies online program; online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management; MA in Public Management

The MA in Museum Studies is an online program (nine online classes and one onsite seminar are required) that provides a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in a changing technological, social and political environment for current and future museum professionals. It emphasizes the role of technology as a pervasive aspect in today's museum, examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies, and explores the role of the museum as an agent of social change. The program welcomes students interested in all types of museums including history, technology, science, art, special topic or themed museums, historic sites, national parks and zoos and those interested in exhibitions for corporations, government agencies and private organizations. The Museum Studies Program offers a structured curriculum of required and core courses augmented with electives. This curriculum provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills in current professional museum practice with an eye to the future and an integration of past philosophies and practice. The program encompasses both theory and practice, focusing on providing real-world skills and training that enable students to move into the museum field or move up to jobs with more responsibility and requiring greater skills and knowledge. As an online program, they are able to offer the expertise of highly regarded professors and museum professionals from around the world, innovative virtual field trips, and global resources from a wide array of museums brought together in new and exciting ways. An international student body provides diverse perspectives and experiences in a dynamic online learning environment.

The Certificate in Nonprofit Management is fully-online. The coursework focuses on building the specific analytical and management skills needed by those assuming leadership roles as executive staff or board members in a variety of nonprofit fields. All the courses feature a global perspective for relevance in today’s world of interconnected economies and communication. For students already working in nonprofit sub-specialties, such as arts and culture, health, environmental conservation or international development, the courses will show how their fields fit into the larger nonprofit sector and how the larger forces affect their own leadership and management challenges. The courses are also relevant for students pursuing careers in government agencies that require extensive interaction with nonprofits in the US or other countries.

The MA in Public Management combines rigorous academics and strategic skills to meet the challenges of government and policymaking in the 21st Century. While empowering students to be strategic, the program also educates them in the fundamentals of public management: financial management, policy analysis, tax and budget policy, and public administration. Students learn to apply the latest theory, scientific findings, and new management methods to help solve real-world governance and policy issues. The curriculum is designed for working professionals in the government and nonprofit sector.

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