Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies student admiring paintings in a museum.
Museum Studies student examining an artifact.
Historical artifacts displayed in a case.
Museum Studies students with Dr. Gretchen Sorin at the Cooperstown Graduate Program
Students at the Cooperstown Graduate Program meet with Professor Cindy Falk to discuss plans for a training on museum collections.

About the Museum Studies Program

Historic Cooperstown NY

SUNY Oneonta's Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) in Museum Studies trains creative, entrepreneurial museum leaders committed to generating programs and services for the public good. Students in our master's degree program learn by doing tangible, useful work on real-world projects. They dedicate themselves to developing institutions that play a central role in their communities, encouraging broad public audiences to use artifacts and the study of science, art and history as a catalyst for social change.

Museum Studies students attend classes in Cooperstown, a village 25 miles northeast of Oneonta, and have full access to the resources and facilities of SUNY Oneonta. Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum and a research library. Located on Otsego Lake, the museum studies program makes use of the entire community and its natural environment as its classroom.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

You can choose from two tracks:

MA Museum Studies, History Track

CGP History Track Books on Display


MA Museum Studies, Science Track

CGP-Science Track Dinosaur bones
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Delivery Method

In person, Cooperstown, NY

Application Deadline

March 1

Number of Credits 32


How to Apply

To apply, submit the following materials:

  1. A completed online application and non-refundable fee.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. Ideally, one will be from a SUNY Oneonta faculty member who can attest to ability to complete an M.A. program and one will be from a supervisor or individual qualified to evaluate relevant work experience.
  3. Transcripts from all previous educational institutions
  4. An essay on the following topic: Imagine your ideal museum. What is it like? Who does it serve? What is your job? Provide a personal narrative on this subject of approximately 750 words.

Tuition and Scholarships

The cost of attendance for the Cooperstown Graduate Program is lower than that of many other graduate programs. See the full cost breakdown.

Keeping with our effort to make CGP affordable, we offer a variety of scholarships to our students. Additional funds are available for special circumstances.

We also offer both first- and second-year assistantships for students to earn money by working in the field with professors. Nine Graduate Assistantships are available to second-year students. Recipients of these assistantships receive a tuition waiver and bi-weekly stipend.

Successful Alumni

Blending hands-on practical experiences with field trips, internships and a rigorous academic program, the Cooperstown Graduate Program has an excellent track record of successful employment for graduates. More than 1,000 alumni have attained prominence in museums and related fields as directors, educators, curators and programming specialists.


Cooperstown Graduate Program
5838 State Route 80
P.O. Box 4
Cooperstown, NY 13326

FAFSA Submission Code: 002847

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The Cooperstown Graduate Program

Student Profile: Calen Cavallaro

Alumnus Colin Havener

More than a century ago, Hyde Hall – a neoclassical country mansion built on the shores of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY – was home to wealthy landowner and Englishman George Clarke and his family.

Today, Cooperstown Graduate Program alumnus Colin Havener is running the show.

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Why SUNY Oneonta?

  • You will be able to practically apply your knowledge and develop professionally through projects, seminars and internships. Your classroom is a museum!
  • Graduates become part of a long-lasting and exclusive alumni network.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience working in a variety of facilities around historic Cooperstown and across the United States.


SUNY Oneonta offers Graduate and Teaching Assistantships to a number of full-time graduate students who are enrolled in degree programs. Assistantships are awarded by academic departments. Assistantships may involve tuition waivers and/or stipends.

Graduate Studies at SUNY Oneonta

As a SUNY Oneonta graduate student, you will develop meaningful relationships with outstanding, accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, experienced, caring teachers, and advocates for your success. You will expand your knowledge, hone your skills and become a leader in your field. When you complete your degree program, you will join a network of successful alumni whose experiences at SUNY Oneonta opened new doors, fostered personal and professional growth, and enriched their careers. We’re committed to nurturing a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully, and you’ll see that mission reflected in your coursework, in your conversations and in your experiences.

The Office of Graduate Admissions is eager to assist you, from the application process to graduation. Email us at or call us at 607-436-2523 to get started.

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