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Learn about how Tufts’ graduate programs in museum studies and museum education can help your career flourish—on your terms. 

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Learn from the greats

Your learning; your pace

Nurture your network

Led by professionals across a range of institutions, Tufts graduate programs open doors to rewarding museum careers across the country and around the world.

Your life is busy, so we’ve made our professional programs easy for you to work into your schedule—on your terms and timeline. The certificate in museum studies is fully online. Programs are available full or part time, and some include evening classes. Certificates can be completed in less than a year.

Join our expansive network of alumni and faculty who are leaders in their fields and happy to help our students succeed however possible. You’ll also gain membership to the New England Museum Association (NEMA) and get discounts to local museums, workshops, and conferences.


Museum Education 

Help museums find new roles in fostering community, addressing social issues, and providing forums for multiple views and voices. This interdisciplinary program is designed for those interested in pursuing careers in art, history, science, and children’s museums.

Art History and Museum Studies 

Deepen your theoretical knowledge of art history while delving into the practical concerns that come along with working in a variety of museum settings, from displaying to managing to interpreting art objects.

History and Museum Studies 

Study in Greater Boston, a hub for history museums, historical societies, and historic sites, while preparing to work as a curator, collections manager, educator, or administrator.

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Ready to Level-Up Your Career?

Expand your network. Delve deeper into trends and topics that interest you. Make your mark within a community of creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. Take the first step toward advancing your museum career and request more information about our graduate programs.

Focus your degree in:

  • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • MA in Museum Education
  • MA in Art History and Museum Studies
  • MA in History and Museum Studies
  • MFA and Museum Studies

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No matter your interests, Tufts master’s programs offer multiple concentrations in art history, classics, education, or history. Along with internships and research opportunities designed to further your professional development, you’ll have the chance to further your interests through practicums at internationally-renowned institutions.

Explore our master’s and certificate programs tailored to emerging and established museum professionals with wide-ranging interests.

"I enrolled in the Tufts Museum Studies Certificate Program while I worked full time at Portland Museum of Art in Maine. By immersing myself and absorbing as much information as I could possibly manage, I became more and more passionate about museum registration and collections."

—  Emmeline Yen, Museum Studies Certificate, AG19

Pave your own path forward

Certificate in Museum Studies

Develop a comprehensive understanding of how today’s museums operate. This graduate-level certificate program is for anyone wanting to work within museums, whether recently graduated or seeking a career change.


Get Your Certificate in  
  • Museum Studies
Get Your Master's in  
  • Museum Education
  • Art History and Museum Studies
  • History and Museum Studies
Application deadlines:

December 15, 2023, for the MA in Art History and Museum Studies
January 15, 2024, for the MA in Museum Education
January 15, 2024, for the MA in History and Museum Studies
May 1, 2024, for the Certificate in Museum Studies

Entry Term:

Fall 2024

For International Applicants

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required, if applicable 
  • If admitted, confirm enrollment by April 15 for fall admission 
  • The Tufts International Center issues visa document forms and offers support

GRE General Test scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution by time of enrollment. GRE scores required for all other applicants.

“I have been fortunate to use my professional network of colleagues and friends made during the Tufts program to heighten the best parts of my position and to commiserate in some of the more difficult situations. We have been able to share resources, stories, [and] professional connections, and empathize with each other about situations each of us thought were unique to our job.”

—Max Metz Jr., MA in Museum Education, AG18

“The Tufts Museum Education MA program has greatly informed my professional development by challenging my notions of critical pedagogy and preparing me to lead meaningful interpretation. I am now coalescing my learning and practicing applying classroom theory to my work life.”

—Madeline Nelson, Current Student, MA in Museum Education

“I started as executive director of The American Trust for the British Library in September 2021. We are the American fundraising arm for the British Library, and my background in museum education and theory as well as my training as an art historian have proven tremendously helpful for this position in ways I couldn’t have previously imagined.”

—Elizabeth Berkowitz, Certificate in Museum Studies, AG08