Museum studies programs in Canada

As anyone who works in the museums field knows, there are multiple routes to finding work in the sector. There are a variety of professional and academic programs available in Canada that could equip you to work in the museum sector.

Here you will find a listing of programs broken up by province, which includes both degree-based programs and professional development opportunities. It is not a comprehensive list, but rather, an excellent starting place to research your options.

The entries are listed alphabetically by province. This site is an informational directory only. It does not include equivalencies, nor does inclusion constitute endorsement by the Canadian Museums Association. Additional information regarding any of the programs listed can be acquired by contacting the sponsoring agency directly.

Alberta

Alberta Museums Association

Museum Visitor Experience Program

Meaghan Patterson

Executive Director/CEO

mpatterson@museums.ab.ca

https://www.museums.ab.ca/what-we-do/museum-visitor-experience-program.aspx

Certificate in Museum Studies

Meaghan Patterson

Executive Director/CEO

mpatterson@museums.ab.ca

https://www.museums.ab.ca/what-we-do/professional-development/certificate-in-museum-studies.aspx

Professional Development/Mentorship Programs

Meaghan Patterson

Executive Director/CEO

mpatterson@museums.ab.ca

https://www.museums.ab.ca/what-we-do/professional-development.aspx

Alberta University of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Art (Critical and Creative Studies)

Dr. Benedict Fullalove

Associate Professor and Chair, School of Critical + Creative Studies

benedict.fullalove@acad.ca

https://www.auarts.ca/degrees-and-programs/bachelors-degrees/bfa/critical-and-creative-studies

Athabasca University, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Undergraduate Certificate in Heritage Resource Management

Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo 

Director / Associate Professor

inanloo@athabascau.ca

http://heritage.resources.athabascau.ca/

Graduate Diploma in Heritage Resource Management

Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo 

Director / Associate Professor

inanloo@athabascau.ca

http://heritage.resources.athabascau.ca/graduate/

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Professional Development Workshops/Programs

Janice Price ICD.D

President and CEO, Governor, Director (Ex Officio)

Janice_Price@banffcentre.ca

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs

Interpretation Canada, Red Deer

Professional Development Conferences

Pam Murray

Chair

info@interpretationcanada.ca

https://interpretationcanada.wildapricot.org/Conferences

MacEwan University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Arts and Cultural Management

Leslie Vermeer

Interim Department Chair, Arts and Cultural Management

VermeerL@macewan.ca

https://www.macewan.ca/academics/programs/arts-cultural-management/

University of Calgary, Faculty of Arts

Museum and Heritage Studies

Richard Sigurdson

Dean

sigurdso@ucalgary.ca

https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/museum-and-heritage-studies.html

University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design

History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture

Aidan Rowe

Chair, Department of Art & Design

aidan.rowe@ualberta.ca

https://www.ualberta.ca/art-design/areas-of-study/history-of-art-design-and-visual-culture.html

University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art (Art History/Museum Studies)

Dr. Mary I. Ingraham

Dean of Fine Arts

finearts.dean@uleth.ca

https://www.uleth.ca/fine-arts/programs-and-courses/programs/bfa-art-art-history-museum-studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Indigenous Art (Art History/Museum Studies)

Dr. Mary I. Ingraham

Dean of Fine Arts

finearts.dean@uleth.ca

https://www.uleth.ca/fine-arts/programs-and-courses/programs/bfa-indigenous-art-art-history-museum-studies

Museum Studies (minor)

Dr. Mary I. Ingraham

Dean of Fine Arts

finearts.dean@uleth.ca

https://www.uleth.ca/ross/courses/mstu


British Columbia

Coast Mountain College

Associate Degree in Arts - Archaeological & Cultural Resource Management

Titi Kunkel

Dean of Instruction - Arts, Science and Health

tkunkel@coastmountaincollege.ca

https://catalogue.coastmountaincollege.ca/programs/archaeological-cultural-resource-mgmt/

Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Audain Faculty of Art

Curatorial Practices Minor

Kyla Mallett

Dean of the Audain Faculty of Art

kmallett@ecuad.ca

https://www.ecuad.ca/academics/undergraduate-degrees/minors

University of British Columbia, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Masters of Arts in Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies)

Dana Claxton

Department Head and Associate Professor

dana.claxton@ubc.ca

https://ahva.ubc.ca/graduate/ma-in-ccst-program/

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Museum Studies)

Dr. Gage Averill

Dean

gage.averill@ubc.ca

https://you.ubc.ca/ubc_programs/museum-studies/

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education

Master of Museum Education

Dr. Blye Frank

Professor & Dean

blye.frank@ubc.ca

https://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/MMED/

University of British Columbia, School of Information

Graduate Specialization in Community and Culture

Erik Kwakkel

Director of the School of Information

ischool.director@ubc.ca

https://ischool.ubc.ca/programs/specializations/community-and-culture/

University of Victoria, Art History & Visual Studies

Minor in Museum Studies

Marcus Milwright

Department Chair, Professor

mmilwrig@uvic.ca

https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/programs/undergraduate-programs/pages/museum-studies.php

Evanthia Baboula

Assistant Professor & Associate Dean

ebaboula@uvic.ca

University of Victoria, Continuing Studies

Collections Management (Certificate)

Tania Muir

Director of the Cultural Management Programs

cmpdir@uvic.ca

https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/culture-museums-and-indigenous-studies/programs/collections-management

Cultural Resource Management (Diploma)

Tania Muir

Director of the Cultural Management Programs

cmpdir@uvic.ca

https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/culture-museums-and-indigenous-studies/programs/cultural-resource-management

Visitor and Community Engagement (Certificate)

Tania Muir

Director of the Cultural Management Programs

cmpdir@uvic.ca

https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/culture-museums-and-indigenous-studies/programs/visitor-and-community-engagement

University of Victoria, Department of History

MA in Public History

Dr. Penny Bryden

Professor and Graduate Director

pbryden@uvic.ca

https://www.uvic.ca/humanities/history/future-students/graduate/public-history/index.php


Manitoba

Association of Manitoba Museums

Certificate Program in Museum Practice

Monique Brandt

Executive Director

director@museumsmanitoba.com

https://www.museumsmanitoba.com/en/certificate-program-in-museum-practice

Specialized Courses

Monique Brandt

Executive Director

director@museumsmanitoba.com

https://www.museumsmanitoba.com/en/specialized-courses

University of Winnipeg, Cultural Studies

Masters in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices

Mavis Reimer

Dean of Graduate Studies

m.reimer@uwinnipeg.ca

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/art-history/graduate/curatorial-practices.html

University of Winnipeg, Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Cultural Studies

Mavis Reimer

Dean of Graduate Studies

m.reimer@uwinnipeg.ca

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/graduate-programs/ma-cultural-studies.html


New Brunswick

Mount Allison University, Faculty of Arts

Museum and Curatorial Studies (any degree, minor)

Erik Edson

Fine Arts Department Head

eedson@mta.ca

https://www.mta.ca/programs/museumstudies/


Newfoundland and Labrador

Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Museum Studies Certificate Program

Ken Flynn

Executive Director

kflynn@nf.aibn.com

http://www.manl.nf.ca/index.php/professional-development.html

Memorial University

Folklore (Masters and PhD)

Holly Everett

Head of Folklore Department

hjeverett@mun.ca

https://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/programs/folklore.php


Nova Scotia

Association of Nova Scotia Museums

Museum Studies Program

Karin Kierstead

Museum Evaluation Program Manager

support@ansm.ns.ca

https://ansm.ns.ca/museum-studies.html

Cape Breton University, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Folklore (major, minor, certificate)

Andy Parnaby

Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Andy_Parnaby@cbu.ca

https://www.cbu.ca/academics/programs/folklore/

Certificate in Heritage Studies

Andy Parnaby

Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Andy_Parnaby@cbu.ca

https://www.cbu.ca/wti/tourism-programming-at-cbu/tourism-related-studies/

Certificate in Mi’kmaq Cultural Heritage Preservation

Andy Parnaby

Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Andy_Parnaby@cbu.ca

https://www.cbu.ca/wti/tourism-programming-at-cbu/tourism-related-studies/

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Certificate in Heritage Studies

Dr. Roberta Barker

Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

fassdean@dal.ca

https://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/programs/certificate-in-heritage-studies.html

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Master of Arts in Art Education

Dr. April Mandrona

Director of the School of Graduate Studies

amandrona@nscad.ca

https://nscad.ca/study-at-nscad/graduate/master-of-arts-in-art-education/


Ontario

Algonquin College, School of Health & Community Studies

Applied Museum Studies (advanced diploma)

Michael Wheatley

Program Coordinator

wheatlm1@algonquincollege.com

https://www.algonquincollege.com/healthandcommunity/program/applied-museum-studies/

Archives Association of Ontario

Archival Workshops

Jennifer Grant

President, Board of Directors

president@aao-archivists.ca

https://aao-archivists.ca/Workshops

Brock University, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

BA in Studies in Arts and Culture (concentration in Cultural Transmission and Heritage Studies)

Dr. Catherine Parayre

Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

cparayre@brocku.ca

https://brocku.ca/programs/undergraduate/studies-in-arts-and-culture/

Carleton University

Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies

Pascal Gin

Director of Curatorial Studies

Pascal.Gin@carleton.ca

https://graduate.carleton.ca/cu-programs/curatorial-studies-diploma/

Carleton University, Department of History

MA in Public History

James Miller

Chair

james.miller@carleton.ca 

https://carleton.ca/history/graduate/ma-in-public-history-program/

Carleton University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Minor in Heritage and Conservation

L. Pauline Rankin

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

pauline.rankin@carleton.ca

https://calendar.carleton.ca/undergrad/undergradprograms/canadianstudies/#Minor_in_Heritage_and_Conservation

MA in Heritage Conservation

L. Pauline Rankin

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

pauline.rankin@carleton.ca

https://carleton.ca/sics/heritage-conservation/

Carleton University, School for Studies in Art and Culture

MA in Art History (Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices)

Brian Foss

Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture

brian_foss@carleton.ca

https://calendar.carleton.ca/grad/gradprograms/arthistory/#MA_Art_History

Centennial College, School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Graduate Studies, Art Management

Rebecca Peirson

Professor/Program Coordinator

rpeirson@centennialcollege.ca

https://www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/full-time/arts-management/

Graduate Studies, Museum and Cultural Management

Dr. Phaedra Livingstone

Professor/Program Coordinator

plivingstone@centennialcollege.ca

https://www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/full-time/museum-and-cultural-management/

Georgian College, School of Design and Visual Art

Museum and Gallery Studies, Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Gary Evans

Coordinator of the Fine Arts Programs

Gary.Evans@GeorgianCollege.ca

https://www.georgiancollege.ca/academics/full-time-programs/museum-and-gallery-studies-musm/

Humber College, Faculty of Media & Creative Arts

Arts Administration and Cultural Management

Guillermo Acosta

Dean of the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts

guillermo.acosta@humber.ca

https://mediaarts.humber.ca/programs/arts-administration-and-cultural-management.html

Lakehead University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Specialization in Public History

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

ebirming@lakeheadu.ca

http://navigator.lakeheadu.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=23&chapterid=5214&topicgroupid=19176&loaduseredits=True

Certificate in Public History

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

ebirming@lakeheadu.ca

http://navigator.lakeheadu.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=23&chapterid=5214&topicgroupid=19175&loaduseredits=True

OCAD University, Graduate Studies

Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Ian Clarke

Interim Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science, Graduate Studies

ICLARKE@OCADU.CA

https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/criticism-and-curatorial-practice

Ontario Association of Art Galleries

Professional Development Programs/Workshops

Zainub Verjee

Executive Director

zverjee@oaag.org

http://oaag.org/programs/index.html

Ontario Historical Society

Professional Development Workshops/Programs

Rob Leverty

Executive Director

rleverty@ontariohistoricalsociety.ca

https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/

Ontario Museum Association

Certificate in Museum Studies (Professional Development)

Marie Lalonde

Executive Director

mlalonde@museumsontario.ca

https://members.museumsontario.ca/programs-events/professional-development/certificate-in-museum-studies

Mary Collier

Professional Development Program Manager

pd@museumsontario.ca

Queens University, Department of Film and Media

Curatorial Studies (MA and PhD)

Gary Kibbins

Department Head

gk6@queensu.ca

https://www.queensu.ca/artsci/programs-and-degrees/interdisciplinary/curatorial-studies

Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies (MA and PhD)

Gary Kibbins

Department Head

gk6@queensu.ca

https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/screen-cultures-and-curatorial-studies

Ryerson University, School of Images Arts

Minor in Curatorial Studies

Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick

Chair of the School of Image Arts

bfitzpatrick@ryerson.ca

https://www.ryerson.ca/calendar/2020-2021/minors/curatorial_minor/

Ryerson University, Graduate Studies

Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA)

Marta Braun

Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program Director

mbraun@ryerson.ca

https://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/film-photography-preservation-collections-management/

Sir Sandford Fleming College, Post Graduate Programs

Museum Management and Curatorship

Gayle McIntyre

Program Coordinator

gayle.mcintyre@flemingcollege.ca

https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/museum-management-and-curatorship

Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

Gayle McIntyre

Program Coordinator

gayle.mcintyre@flemingcollege.ca

https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/cultural-heritage-conservation-and-management

University of Guelph, School of Fine Arts and Music

Bachelor of Arts (Minor in Museum Studies)

Martin Pearce

Director, School of Fine Arts and Music

pearcem@uoguelph.ca

https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/sofam/art-history

University of Toronto Scarborough, Departments of Arts, Culture and Media

Art Management

Barry Freeman

Department Chair

acm-chair@utsc.utoronto.ca

https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/arts-management

University of Toronto Scarborough, Departments of Arts, Culture and Media

Curatorial Studies

Barry Freeman

Department Chair

acm-chair@utsc.utoronto.ca

https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/curatorial-studies

University of Toronto St. George, Faculty of Information

Master of Museum Studies

Irina Mihalache

Associate Professor/Museum Studies Program, Director

irina.mihalache@utoronto.ca

https://ischool.utoronto.ca/current-students/programs-courses/programs-of-study/master-of-museum-studies/

University of Toronto St. George, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Master of Visual Studies in Curatorial Studies

Charles Stankievech

Director, Visual Studies Associate Professor

Charles.Stankievech@daniels.utoronto.ca

https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/programs/graduate/master-visual-studies-curatorial-studies

University of Toronto St. George, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Bachelors of Arts, Visual Studies

Charles Stankievech

Director, Visual Studies Associate Professor

Charles.Stankievech@daniels.utoronto.ca

https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/programs/undergraduate/bachelor-arts-visual-studies

University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts

Fine Arts - Visual Culture (four year, three year, minor)

Sheila Ager

Dean of Arts

sager@uwaterloo.ca

https://uwaterloo.ca/fine-arts/undergraduate/programs/visual-culture-academic-plans

University of Western Ontario, Department of History

MA in Public History

Michael Dove

Director and Internship Coordinator

mdove2@uwo.ca

https://history.uwo.ca/public_history/

University of Western Ontario, Department of Visual Arts

Honors Specialization in Art History and Museum Studies

John Hatch

Department Chair

jhatch@uwo.ca

https://www.uwo.ca/visarts/undergraduate/downloads/modules2019/HSP_AHMS.pdf

Museum and Curatorial Studies (major, minor, and certificate)

John Hatch

Department Chair

jhatch@uwo.ca

https://www.uwo.ca/visarts/undergraduate/degrees_offered/museum.html

https://www.uwo.ca/visarts/undergraduate/downloads/modules2019/MINOR_MCS.pdf

https://www.uwo.ca/visarts/undergraduate/downloads/modules2019/CERTIFICATE_MCS.pdf

University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts

Bachelor of Media Arts and Culture

Dr. Vincent Georgie

Director, School of Creative Arts

vgeorgie@uwindsor.ca

https://www.uwindsor.ca/visualarts/node/105/media-arts-and-culture

York University, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Art History & Visual Culture (PhD)

Thomas Loebel

Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

fgsdean@yorku.ca

https://arthistory.gradstudies.yorku.ca/phd-in-art-history-and-visual-culture/

Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture Graduate Diploma

Thomas Loebel

Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

fgsdean@yorku.ca

https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate/programs/diplomas/curatorial-studies-in-visual-culture

York University, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Certificate in Public History

Sarah Bay-Cheng

Dean of School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

deanampd@yorku.ca

https://history.laps.yorku.ca/public-history-certificate/


Prince Edward Island

Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island

Professional Development Programs/Workshops

Johanne Vigneault

Executive Director

info@museumspei.ca

https://museumspei.ca/

Quebec

Collège Montmorency, Département de muséologie

Techniques de muséologie

Robert Beaudoin

Enseignant et coordonnateur du département

Robert.Beaudoin@cmontmorency.qc.ca

https://www.cmontmorency.qc.ca/programmes/nos-programmes-detudes/techniques/techniques-de-museologie/description-du-programme/

Concordia University, Department of History

BA Honours in History (Public History with Internship Option)

Rachel Berger

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

rachel.berger@concordia.ca

https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/history/programs/undergraduate/ba-history/honours.html

Société des Musées du Québec

Formation professionnelle

Céline le Merlus

Directrice formation et développement professionnel

lemerlus.celine@smq.qc.ca

https://www.musees.qc.ca/fr/professionnel/activites-publications/formation

Stéphane Chagnon

Directeur généralr

chagnon.stephane@smq.qc.ca

Université de Montréal, Faculté des arts et des sciences

Maîtrise en muséologie

Marie-Marthe Cousineau

Vice-doyenne, études supérieures, formations et partenariats professionnels

mm.cousineau@umontreal.ca

https://admission.umontreal.ca/programmes/maitrise-en-museologie/

Université du Québec à Montréal, Faculté des arts

Maîtrise en muséologie

Joanne Lalonde

Doyenne par interim du Faculté des arts

lalonde.joanne@uqam.ca

https://etudier.uqam.ca/programme?code=3420

Doctorat en muséologie, médiation, patrimoine

Joanne Lalonde

Doyenne par interim du Faculté des arts

lalonde.joanne@uqam.ca

https://etudier.uqam.ca/programme?code=3122

Certificat en muséologie et diffusion de l'art

Joanne Lalonde

Doyenne par interim du Faculté des arts

lalonde.joanne@uqam.ca

https://etudier.uqam.ca/programme?code=4675

Université du Québec en Outaouais, École multidisciplinaire de l'image

Maîtrise en muséologie et pratiques des arts

Sylvain Lemay

Directeur et professeur à l’École multidisciplinaire de l’image

sylvain.lemay@uqo.ca

https://uqo.ca/emi/maitrise-museologie-pratiques-arts

Muséologie et patrimoines (baccalauréat avec majeure/certificat)

Sylvain Lemay

Directeur et professeur à l’École multidisciplinaire de l’image

sylvain.lemay@uqo.ca

https://uqo.ca/emi/museologie-patrimoines-0

Université Laval, Sciences humaines et sociales

Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées en muséologie

Josée Bastien

Doyenne et secrétaire de la faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales

fesp-doyenne@fesp.ulaval.ca

https://www.ulaval.ca/les-etudes/programmes/repertoire/details/dess-en-museologie.html#presentation-generale


Saskatchewan

Museums Association of Saskatchewan

Certificate in Community Museum Studies/Additional Courses and Workshops

Wendy Fitch

Executive Director

ex.director@saskmuseums.org

https://saskmuseums.org/programs

Dan Holbrow

Program Director

programs@saskmuseums.org

University of Regina, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance

Bachelors of Arts - Cultures of Display

Rae Staseson

Dean of the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance

MAP.Dean@uregina.ca

https://www.uregina.ca/mediaartperformance/programs/visual-arts/visual-programs.html


Yukon

Yukon Historical & Museums Association

Heritage Training Fund (Professional Development)

Lianne Maitland

Executive Director

info@heritageyukon.ca

https://www.heritageyukon.ca/about-us/yhma-board-directors-staff

Yukon University, School of Liberal Arts Applied Arts

Heritage and Culture Certificate

Amanda Graham

Chair, School of Liberal Arts

agraham@yukonu.ca

https://www.yukonu.ca/programs/heritage-and-culture