We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a museum studies degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,715 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

16% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,251 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

36% above average compared to other degrees

$ 44,276 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

37% above average compared to other degrees

What do museum studies graduates earn?

Museum studies students make an average of $71,438 per year after graduation. This is 7% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 71,438 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 74% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular museum studies schools in the US

There are 78 schools in the US that offer a museum studies degree. The museum studies schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are New York University, Boston University and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in museum studies per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
Harvard University$48,949
Baylor University$43,790
University of Colorado Boulder$12,086
Michigan State University$14,460
San Francisco State University$7,254
University of Maryland-College Park$10,399

Top US schools for a museum studies degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering museum studies degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Brown University8%$53,419
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Tufts University15%$54,318
Georgetown University16%$52,300
Middlebury College17%$52,496
Southern University at New Orleans25%$6,421
Boston University25%$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27%$14,826
New York University28%$50,464

Cheapest US schools for a museum studies degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a museum studies degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Casper College$3,024
John Tyler Community College$4,608
Massasoit Community College$4,680
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development$4,960
CUNY Queensborough Community College$5,210
Brigham Young University-Provo$5,460
Fashion Institute of Technology$5,483
University of West Georgia$6,226
University of Florida$6,381
Southern University at New Orleans$6,421


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