Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Graduate studies in Museum Studies and Information in the University of Toronto


As a faculty member of the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and director of its Museum Studies program, I would like to bring our master’s programs to your attention, and invite you to share this information with collaagues and students who may be interested.

The University of Toronto is unique in offering, in a single faculty, graduate studies programs covering both the field of museums on the one hand, and of information and digital technology on the other. This is particularly relevant to the Museums & the Web community, as courses taught and research activities address a variety of topics typically addressed in the M&W conferences, pertinent to the theory and practice of the application of digital technology in cultural heritage communication, curatorship and collections management, in museums, galleries, and beyond.

According to the most recent survey, alumni enjoy a high rate of finding employment within twelve months of graduation, reaching 95% in the case of museum studies graduates.

The two-year, full-time graduate programs offered are:

MASTER OF MUSEUM STUDIES (MMSt)

This is Canada’s only anglophone master’s program in the discipline. Museological theory and in-depth discussion about critical issues fuel the exploration of collections, curatorship, museum education, programming and management, covering also complementary aspects of digital technology use, and the global implications of museums and heritage work. Hands-on experience is integrated throughout required and elective courses through a vibrant international internship program, a yearly schedule of a dozen student exhibition projects hosted by major museums and cultural institutions, and a variety of group work that connects students with the museum community. Graduates of this customizable program benefit from having access to Toronto’s wide variety of museums, galleries, numerous sites of informal learning and network of professionals.

MASTER OF INFORMATION (MI)

In this innovative program, information is explored in all its breadth, depth and richness. There is a choice for everyone among seven concentrations (including: Archives and Records Management; Culture & Society; Knowledge Media Design; and, Information Systems & Design), a specialization, a design-your-own option and a thesis option. Graduates will be the next generation of valued professionals who are able to lead advances in the design, organization, storage, access and retrieval, dissemination, preservation, conservation and management of information.

Candidates may also choose to take advantage of the Collaborative Registration Option (CRO), allowing them to graduate in both programs. Alternatively, they may register under one of several collaborative programs offered jointly with other University of Toronto faculties, combining the MMSt or MI with fields such as Book History & Print Culture, Jewish studies, or Sexual Diversity studies.

Students at the University of Toronto iSchool are able to draw upon the rich resources of a diverse and internationally recognized group of faculty, and the depth of support available at Canada’s premier university in a thriving, multicultural metropolitan city.

For entry in fall 2013 applications are due on April 30th, 2013. For entrance awards ranging from $3,000 to full domestic tuition, completed applications must be received by February 15th, 2013. Details about our programs and admissions may be found at http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca.

For candidates considering a visit to the University of Toronto, program information sessions will be held at the iSchool on Tuesday February 5th at 5:30pm and on Saturday March 2nd at 12:30pm. Online query sessions are also taking place every Thursday from 12-1pm (EST) from January 24th until May 2nd, 2013. For more information visit: http://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/admissions/meet-us.

Email enquiries may be directed to admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca. I will be also happy to respond personally to questions regarding the program – just email me at costis.dallas@utoronto.ca.