Admission & Financial Aid

MA in Museum Studies Admission

You have put a lot of thought into making the decision to apply. Make sure you don’t forget the details!

Preparing to Apply

Before you begin the online application, we highly recommend you have your current resume and personal statement finalized.  Both documents will be uploaded to the centralized application.

How to Apply

All applications for admission will be processed through a centralized application service for graduate programs (GradCAS).

You will create an account via the online application portal (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox. If you encounter any issues, please contact our technical support at 857-304-2086 or via email at

You will select the following:

  • Term – fall
  • Institution – Marist College
  • Program – MA in Museum Studies

A Complete Application in GradCAS includes the following:

1. Unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended must be uploaded to the application for an admission decision. Official bachelor's degree noted transcripts will be required upon acceptance in order to matriculate.

  • Electronic official transcripts will be accepted through Credentials Solutions, National Clearinghouse, or Parchment. Be sure to enter Marist College as the recipient
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluation will be required for transcripts from non-US institutions
  • Official transcripts can also be sent via mail to:

Marist College
Office of Enrollment Services
3399 N. Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

2. Current resume

3. Personal statement outlining career objective(s), the reason(s) for selecting Marist's MA in Museum Studies program, and your personal and professional expectations from the program

4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from an academic professional. If pursuing an assistantship position, one must be from an employment supervisor)

  • You must supply the names and email addresses for each recommender in GradCAS in order to submit your application

5. Optional writing sample (preferably a prior undergraduate/graduate academic paper)

6. English Proficiency Exam (for non-native English-speaking students), one of the following exams are required:

  • TOEFL - minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or an 80 on the IBT (GradCAS score report code is B886)
  • IELTS - minimum score of 6.5 (Marist score report code is 2400)

7. Nonrefundable $50 application fee

The priority deadline for a completed application is March 1.  Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.