Leadership in Museum Education

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  • Master of Science in Education

Spend one weekend each month in New York...

learning from leaders in the field and strengthening your professional network.

Learn about cutting-edge trends...

in museum management and program development.

Brian HogarthBrian Hogarth
Program Director

Leadership in Museum Education, a unique program which meets one weekend per month over two years, draws committed museum educators and aspiring leaders from across the United States. It prepares leaders for museums or other cultural institutions by providing intensive preparation in both museum management (organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and staff development) and museum education (learning theory, exhibit development, community engagement, evaluation and program development). Faculty come from some of the nation's leading museums. Graduates have moved into diverse roles in a broad spectrum of cultural institutions. The program devotes one year to effective management strategies and one year to innovative educational leadership. Candidates may begin with either sequence, depending on when they enter the program. Supervised fieldwork includes visits to students' own sites as well as monthly advisement.

Distinctive Features

  • Attend courses one weekend per month. Candidates attend classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the academic year, as well as a five-day June institute.
  • Explore state-of-the-art leadership strategies. Through action research, case studies, and ongoing dialogue with innovative leaders, candidates gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead 21st century cultural institutions.
  • Join a strong national (and international) network of museum professionals. Your fellow candidates will represent different institutions and roles, but will share your passion for engaging communities in powerful cultural experiences.

Career Opportunities

  • Leadership roles in museums and other cultural institutions, e.g. Executive Director, Deputy Director, Director of Education and/or Public Programs, Director of Development, Community Outreach Director.
  • Other educational leadership roles: Leadership in another setting that offers or supports arts/cultural programming, such as a foundation, design firm or other relevant setting.


Courses at Bank Street provide students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, direct experience, and reflection, encouraging a constant interplay between theory and practice. Explore the courses for the Leadership in Museum Education program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

  • Supervised by a Bank Street advisor who is or has been an experienced educational leader of a museum or cultural institution.
  • Extends over the two years of the program.
  • Generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your advisor, monthly advisement and peer support.

Admission Requirements

  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential
  • Experience working in a professional or volunteer capacity for a museum, foundation, or other cultural institution
  • See the Admissions Criteria