This flexible program is suitable for both beginning and mid-level museum practioners. We offer three masters’ degrees that combine exciting coursework in a specific subject with pre-professional training for the museum field. We also offer a certificate program that provides post-baccalaureate students with the chance to discover new skills, learn about current trends, and participate in an internship at a museum anywhere in the world.
Students also benefit from Tufts’ location in the greater Boston area, one of America’s most important hubs for museums and historical societies. The wealth of museums provides a host of opportunities for on-site learning, internships, and networking.
- The Master of Arts: Art History and Museum Studies gives students advance qualification in art history and a broad introduction to museum work and theory. The program integrates the theoretical study of art history with the practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings.
- The Master of Arts: History and Museum Studies combines theory and practice by bringing together scholars of the Tufts history department and professional experts in museums studies. By emphasizing historical scholarship and practical application, the program prepares students for public history as well as museum work.
- The Master of Arts: Museum Education prepares students to work with audiences of all ages, interests, and abilities in the informal learning environment of a museum. We seek applicants who can bring new thinking and leadership to the field at a time when museums are increasingly focusing their resources on community engagement, civic issues, and global problems. Students take courses in education, human development, psychology, museum studies and content areas such as history or art history.
- The Museum Studies Certificate Program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers, and those who currently work in museums. Museum studies courses, scheduled in the evening, teach new skills and address current trends in the field. The program can be completed on a part-time basis in as little as a year, with classes taught at night.