Our cutting-edge program designed for the 21st century museum is an innovative museum studies program that focuses on the digital life of museums across collections, galleries, and activities. 

Courtesy School of Information, Samantha Levin

The Master of Science in Museums and Digital Culture (MDC) is an innovative program that focuses on the ways in which museums use digital technology to enhance services and engage with visitors across physical and virtual contexts. We prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in this rapidly changing field and the ability to engage with today’s diverse and connected global audiences. 

The curriculum builds on commonalities of knowledge and skills across GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) and addresses emerging areas of the museum field including museum information management and technologies, digital strategy, digital analytics, audience research, and digital curation.

The program’s faculty includes practicing museum professionals from across New York City museums as well as an innovative full-time faculty. Visit the Museums & Digital Culture blog to read articles from faculty and students.

The program features fellowship opportunities. Second year students can apply to a 9-month fellowship with a leading NYC museum.

Degree Requirements

The MDC program consists of 36 credits (12 three-credit courses), all of which must be completed with a B average or higher. The program is designed to be completed in two years (three courses per semester) or three years (two courses per semester). Summer courses may reduce this time. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Note that courses are held at 11:30 AM, 3 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Required courses (6 courses, 18 CREDITS)

Foundation (1 course, 3 credits)
INFO 601/651 Foundations of Information

MDC Core (5 courses, 15 credits)
INFO 679 Museums & Digital Culture: Theory & Practice
INFO 654 Information Technologies*
INFO 683 Museum Digital Strategy: Planning and Management
INFO 685 Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile & Social Media
INFO 684 Museum Information Management: Collection Cataloging & Digital Technologies

*The INFO 654 requirement may be waived for students with sufficient technical knowledge and/or experience; for more information please visit the Information Technologies course waiver page.


Museum Information Management (1 course, 3 credits)
Select one course from the following electives:

INFO 655 Digital Preservation & Curation 
INFO 661 Art Documentation 
INFO 670 Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives & Museums
INFO 647 Visual Resources Management
INFO 669 Digital Asset and Media Management
INFO 629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation
INFO 632 Conservation & Preservation
INFO 695 Photography Collections
INFO 665 Projects in Digital Archives
INFO 666 Projects in Rare Books & Digitization
INFO 668 Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archives
INFO 669 Digital Asset Management 
INFO 611 Information Policy and Politics
INFO 642 Content Strategy 
INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar (second semester only)

Digital Tools and Technologies (1 course, 3 credits)
Select one course from the following electives:

INFO 637 Programming User Interfaces
INFO 680 Instructional Technologies 
INFO 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage 
INFO 638 Web Development
INFO 641 Visual Communication & Information Design
INFO 650 Speculative Design
INFO 648 Mobile Interaction Design
INFO 658 Information Visualization
INFO 657 Digital Humanities
INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar (second semester only)

Audience Experience and Community Engagement (1 course, 3 credits)
Select one course from the following electives:

INFO 693 Audience Research and Evaluation 
INFO 608 Human Information Interaction
INFO 630 Research Design & Methods
INFO 681 Community Building & Engagement
INFO 675 Museum & Library Outreach 
INFO 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO 644 Usability: Theory & Practice
INFO 649 Practical Ethnography for User Experience

Open Electives (3 courses, 9 credits)

Students can select from a number of options to fulfill the remaining open electives, including any three 3-credit courses from the School of Information or other Pratt school (department approval required).

Please note a listing of technologies covered in each course is available.


Throughout the MDC program, students will create a digital portfolio to highlight the work they have completed and demonstrate they have met the program’s five student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Foundations of Museums & Digital Culture - Analyze and articulate the role and function of information and digital technologies in shaping the evolving social role and practice of museums and related cultural heritage institutions.
  2. Museum Information Management & Technologies - Describe and manage analog and digital information and collections to increase the inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability of cultural heritage.
  3. Digital Technology & Tools - Select and effectively employ digital technology to enhance museum and cultural heritage services that inform and engage diverse communities.
  4. Research - Investigate information environments and audience needs, behaviors, and experiences through appropriate research methods and data analysis.
  5. Professionalism - Engage with relevant ethical, technical, and practical issues and construct a strong professional identity.

Learn more about the MSMDC Portfolio requirement.

Advanced Certificates

The degree can be completed while earning any of the following advanced certificates:

If you intend to complete an advanced certificate, once enrolled in the program please submit the Certificate Declaration Form at your earliest convenience. Note that to complete the Museum Studies certificate, please contact the History of Art and Design department

Pre-Fall 2018 Entering Students

Please note that this webpage reflects the MDC program curriculum that is effective for students entering fall 2018 and after. Students entering before fall 2018 can use the earlier curriculum (available for download) or choose to follow the new curriculum. Note that if using the new curriculum, there is a graduation portfolio requirement.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Applicants must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application. Required documents include:

  • Official transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources

International students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. The minimum required TOEFL score is 82 (Internet), IELTS of 6.5, and PTE score of 53. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Applicants may choose to apply for non-matriculated status and take up to six credits.

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Program Coordinator
Cristina Pattuelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or admissions@pratt.edu. For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or si@pratt.edu. For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.    


Requirements for Ms in Museums and Digital Culture