MMEd | Master of Museum Education

90% online MMEd taught by leading UBC professors

This unique graduate program focuses on the study of education that occurs in museums and other informal learning contexts.

The MMEd is a unique graduate degree program focusing on the study of education and learning that occurs in museums and other informal learning contexts (such as, art galleries, science centres, parks, historic sites, etc.). This program draws together Museum professionals, educators and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning to further their thinking and scholarship around museums as sites of education and learning.

As museums contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community.

This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. Furthermore, it is ideally suited for currently practicing museum professionals who seek recognized graduate-level qualifications and high-level professional development to progress their careers.

The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student’s own country of origin. The end result is graduates that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

Upon completing the MMEd degree, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of learning and teaching in informal settings
  • Identify the influences of multiple perspectives (i.e., Local, Aboriginal, International) in facilitating learning experiences in/within museums and communities
  • Better understand to how to affect change (i.e., cognitive, affective, emotional, behavioural) among the diversity of audiences museums and cultural institutions server
  • Develop learning opportunities to integrate learning within classrooms, and learning in informal settings such as museums and other informal learning sites
  • Develop tools to implement and sustain educational programs outside the traditional classroom
  • Develop skills and knowledge to understand and address the increasing complexities of issues facing informal learning settings
  • Evaluate the potential for working with a variety of learning communities
  • Analyze different approaches to teaching and program development, settings, and perspectives


    • 2018 Change Makers Award from the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) Congratulations to Dr. David Anderson and his faculty team (Dr. Lisa McIntosh, Dr. Alex de Cosson, and Dr. Jill Baird) on receiving the 2018 Change Makers Award from the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA).The award recognizes the team for developing and leading the UBC’s Masters of Museum Education (MMEd) program and the significant impact of this program in the professional development of Museum Educators. This award has been singled out, among all university-wide awards, for recognition by the UBC Board of Governors in the “Service” category.


    • Bringing Museums to Life” by Heather Amos
      When Renee Zhang moved from Beijing to Madison, Wisconsin to learn English, she often took her friend’s kids to a children’s museum for some fun and hands-on learning. Now, she is enrolled in a program that will allow her to create this kind of magic. Read more.

Proposed Schedule

The UBC MMEd program is a 30-credit program (i.e., students will be required to complete ten 3-credit courses for the degree). The final 3-credits of the program may be a capstone project, which will be developed from original research conducted by students.

While you can complete this program entirely online you may take electives, such as the summer institutes, on campus. Courses are offered in each year across three terms, starting in September. Note this is the proposed schedule and is subject to change.

1 EDCP 565 Teaching in Museums
1 EDCP 558 Learning in Informal Environments
1 EDCP 567 Curriculum Issues and Theories in Museums
1 ANTH 518* Museum Methods
1 Elective #1 (3 credits)
2 EDCP 545 Education Programming in Museums
2 EDUC 500 Research Methodology in Education (Focus on Museums)
2 EDCP 585 Educational Design in Exhibitions
2 EDCP 598 Field Experience
3 EDCP 590 Graduating Paper or Elective #2 (3 credits)
*NOTE: ANTH 518 will be scheduled for June 2021 over a 6-day period, at UBC Vancouver Campus, Museum of Anthropology.

Elective Options

Approved electives may be taken at other universities, subject to the terms of the Western Deans’ Agreement.

There are wide variety of on-campus (UBC-Vancouver or Okanagan) and on-line course which are acceptable as electives and vary in the offering from year to year – Examples include:


  • ANTH 431, Museum Practice and Curatorship (3 credits)
  • ANTH 541, Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology (3/6 credits)
  • ANTH 341A, Museums, Heritage and Memory (3 credits)
  • CCST 501, Contemporary Contextual Issues for Critical and Curatorial Practice (3 credits)

Art Education

  • EDCP 504, Review of Research in Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 522, Psychological Foundations of Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 523, Seminar in Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 514, Arts-based Educational Research: A/R/tography (3 credits)

Research Methods

  • EDCP 510, Video Ethnography in Educational Research: Culture, Technology and Interpretation (3 credits)
  • EDCP 513, Case-study Research and Cross-Case Analysis (3 credits)

Environmental Education

  • EDCP 538, Theory and Research in Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 565A, Adult Environmental Education (3 credits)

History and Social Studies Education

  • EDCP 541, Problems in Historical Understanding (3 credits)
  • EDST 504A History of Educational Policy (3 credits)

Science Education

  • EDCP 555, Critical Analysis of Curriculum in Science Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 557, Conceptual and Practical Issues in Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
  • EDCP 559, Research in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
  • EDCP 449, Earth and Space Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
  • EDCP 450, Life Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
  • EDCP 451, Physical Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)

First Nations Studies

  • ETEC 521, Indigeneity, Technology, and Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 442, Critical Issues in Indigenous Education (3 credits)

Adult Education

  • ADHE 412, An Overview of Adult Education (3 credits)
  • ADHE 327, Teaching Adults (3 credits)
  • ADHE 330, The Community Practice of Adult Education (3 credits)
  • ADHE 329, Developing Short Courses, Workshops and Seminars (3 credits)

Library Education

  • LIBE 465, Organization of Learning Resources(3 credits)
  • LIBE 467, Information Services (3 credits)

Early Childhood

  • ECED 421, Supporting Young Children Through Home, School, and Community Relationships (3 credits)
  • ECED 405, Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
1  Sept. 2018 (W1) Teaching in Museums EDCP 565 3
 2  Jan. 2019 (W2) Learning in Informal Environments EDCP 558 3
 3  Apr. 2019 (S1) Curriculum Issues and Theories in Museums EDCP 567 3
Elective(s) A and/or B 3
 4  Sept. 2019 (W1) Education Programming in Museums EDCP 585 3
 5  Jan. 2020 (W2) Research Methodology in Education (Focus on Museums) EDUC 500 3
 6  May 2020 (S1) Museum Methods ANTH 518* 3
 6  May-Sept. 2020 (S1-2) Field Experience EDCP 598 3
Elective B (if not already completed) 3
 7  Sept. 2020 (W-1) Graduating Paper EDCP 590 3


All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • A completed four-year undergraduate degree and, for K-12 teachers, one year of teacher education; OR A 4- or 5-year Bachelor's degree in Education OR other appropriate area with a minimum average of 76% (B+) on all senior-level credits, or equivalent
  • A 600-word statement of intent about your career goals and explain clearly why you wish to take this particular program with this focus area
  • CV / Resume
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your academic and professional background. Please provide one academic and two professional references.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency, if applicable

Application Status: Closed for 2022
Application deadline: Applications are now closed for 2022


Refer to the UBC Calendar under "Specialized Master's Degree Programs" and "Master of Museum Education" (degrees are listed in alphabetical order, find "Master of Museum Education" after "Master of Management") for confirmed and up-to-date fees.

Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars, are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors, and are subject to change (typically 2% in May of each year).

Please note the below listed tuition fees do not include student fees.

2022 Tuition Fees

Program Domestic Tuition International Tuition
Master of Museum Education - Professional Cohort $16,492 CAD $28,731 CAD
The above tuition fees are the approximate cost for the entire program.

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