Rapid change in the global social and economic climate has created a growing need in the museum community for professionals who combine appropriate undergraduate study (in topics like art or art history) with graduate training in business management and museum studies.

In order to meet this need, the Lerner College and UD’s College of Arts and Sciences offer a MBA concentration in museum leadership and management.

This unique program can help you build a rewarding career in museums, historical organizations or other associated enterprises.


MBA concentrations require 3 courses (9 credits) in a specific field. Suggested course sequence:

Required Courses

MSST600 Introduction to Museums: History and Professional Practice
MSST804 Internship (make arrangements in consultation with your graduate advisor)

Choose two elective from MSST and cross-listed courses. The offerings vary each year but may include:
MSST601 Curatorship and Collections Management
MSST602 Curatorship and Management of Archives and Paper Collections
MSST603 The Digital Museum
MSST605 Historical Properties
MSST606 Issues in American Material Culture
MSST607 Museum Education and Interpretation
MSST610 Exhibitions
MSST629 Historical Preservation Theory and Practice
MSST663 Historical Archeology and the Public

In addition to the 9 prescribed credits of the concentration, you will choose an additional 6 credits of electives.

Admissions Information

Learn more about MBA admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Admissions & Financial Aid