John F Kennedy University

Berkeley Campus

Museum Studies/MBA Dual Degree Program


3031 Tisch Way

Second Floor

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

United States


(800) 696-5358

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Museum Studies with specializations in Collections Management and Education and Interpretation; MBA

Format: Campus

Program Description:

JFK University is the only accredited institution offering a dual Master in Business Administration – Master of Arts in Museum Studies. This dual degree program combines the academic disciplines of museum studies and management, preparing students to be well positioned for careers in museum leadership with sustainable, integrated museum management practices. The robust curriculum consists of the full museum studies core courses and nine graduate business classes from John F. Kennedy University's Management program. The MA-MBA program can be completed in three years, and students earn two master's degrees concurrently: one in museum studies and one in business administration. The Museum Studies program at JFK University is one of the nation’s most recognized museum studies programs and is committed to preparing museum professionals to meet the demands of an increasingly complex profession. Today’s museum professionals must have the knowledge and skills to serve diverse audiences, create collaborative partnerships with communities, design innovative exhibitions and programs, and develop a sustainable financial base of support. The curriculum covers a wide range of issues and provides fundamental skills while challenging students to critically analyze and creatively reform museums for a diverse society. The training is applicable to all types of museums, historical sites, natural parks, and cultural and discovery centers. All Museum Studies students are required to complete one or more internships to put their classroom knowledge to practice. Recent internship sites include the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, the Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand, the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Walt Disney Family Museum, among others. A list of recent student internships and alumni positions is included under "Related Downloads" on the right. All Museum Studies faculty members are practicing professionals. Their ranks include conservators, registrars/collections managers, educators, exhibit designers, and museum administrators. Students have close contact with other experts in the field through museum visits, guest speakers, and internships. During the academic year professionals from many of the more than 250 Bay Area museums work with JFK University students.


John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation entitles the University to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The University is approved for veterans’ training. Students and graduates of the University are accepted by other colleges and universities upon transfer. In addition, many businesses, government agencies, industries, and other employers recognize the value of advanced study at the University and approve reimbursement to their employees for all or a portion of their tuition costs.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 71.5 units

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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