Program Introduction

Established in 1988, as one of the oldest museum studies programs in the nation, our courses at Tufts offer an interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for a variety of positions in art, history, science and children's museums. The Museum Studies Certificate offers courses in the Art History, Classics, Education, or History departments to complete the program. The program is open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree. To complete the certificate, four courses and an internship are required. Students may pursue a graduate degree with a concentration in museum studies. Tufts offers a M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies, a M.A. in History and Museum Studies, and M.A. in Museum Education.

Degrees Offered

  • Other
  • Museum Studies Degree, Certificate, or Minor

Program Strengths

  • Material Culture
  • Museum Studies

Financial Aid Available

graduate programs, may offer scholarship opportunities. certificate students may apply for federal financial aid (must be enrolled at least half-time)

Deadline To Apply

January 15, graduate programs, April 1, certificate program

Internship Requirements

The internship gives a student firsthand experience in museum work. It is generally a one-to-two semester, 200-hour experience with specific projects and responsibilities arranged by the student, in collaboration with the internship supervisor, and the site supervisor. Most internships take place during the work week; evening and weekend internships can be difficult to arrange.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

Recently, students are in internship positions all over New England, including the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Rhode Island, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut, and several museums in Massachusetts such as the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Museum of Science, the Danforth Art Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, Old North Church, the Peabody Essex Museum and many more.

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

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