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Through our cutting-edge and innovative museum studies program designed for the 21st century museum, you’ll focus on the digital life of museums across collections, galleries, and activities.

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Graduate, MS
School of Information
Courses Plan of Study

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 and media 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 as well as prepare them with the ability to engage with today’s diverse and connected global audiences.

The program features partnerships and fellowships with New York City’s leading museums. The program’s faculty includes practicing museum professionals from across NYC’s museums and an innovative full-time faculty. Through structured practicums and field research, students develop into innovative and creative leaders in the museum field.

The curriculum builds on commonalities of knowledge and skills across GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) while addressing emerging areas of the museum field such as digital information behavior, digital seeing and aesthetics, digital curation, and the integration of physical and digital elements of the museum.

Course and Credit 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 (3 courses per semester) or three years (2 courses per semester). Summer courses may reduce the length of time spent in the program. Please note that international students must be enrolled full-time (3 courses, 9 credits per semester). Courses are held at 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Required Courses
INFO-601 Foundations of Information 3
MDC Core
INFO-679 Museums and Digital Culture:Theory and Practice 3
INFO-654 Information Technologies 1 3
INFO-683 Museum Digital Strategy: Planning and Management 3
INFO-685 Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media 3
INFO-684 Museum Information Management: Collection Cataloging & Digital Technology 3
Select six Elective courses 18
Total Credits 36

Elective Courses (6 Courses, 18 Credits)

Museum Information Management
Select one of the following: 3
Digital Preservation & Curation
Management and Leadership
Art Documentation
Linked Open Data for Libraries Archives and Museums
Visual Resources Management
Digital Asset & Media Management
Conservation and Preservation
Metadata Design
Projects in Digital Archives
Information Policies & Politics
Content Strategy
Practicum/Seminar Information Science
Digital Tools and Technologies
Select one of the following: 3
Digital Accessibility
Programming Interactive Visualizations
Programming User Interfaces
Programming For Cultural Heritage
Web Development
Database Design and Development
Visual Communication & Information Design
Mobile Interaction Design
Information Visualization
Digital Humanities
Machine Learning
Practicum/Seminar Information Science
Audience Experience and Community Engagement
Select one of the following: 3
Audience Research & Evaluation
Human Information Interaction
Human-Centered Research Design & Methods
Conversational User Experience Design
Advanced Usability and UX Evaluation
Emotional Design
Sustainable Interaction Design
Community Building & Engagement
Museum and Library Outreach
Information Architecture & Interaction Design
Usability Theory & Practice
Practical Ethnography for User Experience
Open Electives
Select three Open Electives with department approval 1 9
Total Credits 18

Advanced Certificates

Students enrolled in the MDC degree may choose to complete any of the following advanced certificates within the museums and digital culture degree.

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.


Two-Year Renewable Scholarships for New Students

These scholarships are awarded at the time of admissions and are renewable for the second year for students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must be full-time (minimum of 9 credits per semester).


The School of Information offers a number of fellowships in partnership with NYC cultural institutions. Each fellowship requires the completion of a 9-month internship (120 hours per semester) and is accompanied by a scholarship in the amount of $7,210. For a complete listing of fellowship opportunities, please visit the School of Information website and go to Experiential Learning Opportunities, Fellowships.

Admission 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 and personal goals;
  • A current resume/CV; and
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources

A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 553, IELTS of 6.5, or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. 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 nonmatriculated status and take up to 6 credits.

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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 and 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 and Technologies – Describe and manage analog and digital information and collections to increase the inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability of cultural heritage.
  3. Digital Technology and 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.
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