Certificate in Museum Studies


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Program Description


Build your knowledge and enhance your career

The Tufts museum studies certificate program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers, and those who currently work in museums. Courses teach new skills and address current trends in the field. Guest speakers, discounts to area museums, and membership in the New England Museum Association build valuable professional networks.

Be part of a flexible, exciting learning environment

The Tufts museum studies graduate-level certificate program consists of five courses (including an internship).

Museum studies courses are scheduled in the evening, and the certificate program can be completed on a part-time basis in as little as one year. The program is designed to be flexible and to allow you to go at your own pace.

Certificate Requirements

All certificate and graduate museum study students begin the program in the fall by taking the foundation course Museums Today: Mission and Function, which examines the past, present, and future of museums.

Of the four remaining courses, three are electives. You may wish to explore developing education programs, caring for a museum's collection, interpreting historic objects, or curating an exhibition. You may also take one upper-level graduate course from another department at Tufts to count toward the certificate.

All students participate in a 135-hour museum internship at a museum anywhere in the world.


Certificate students choose concentrations in Art History, Classics, Education, History. The concentration guides your courses selection and determines your academic advisor. Students interested in careers in science or children's museums will receive advising from the program director (and should check "Other" on the application).

Art History

A concentration in art history provides you with skills to integrate the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings. Students are prepared for positions in administration, development, collections care, or curatorial work in both small and large museums.


A concentration in classics/classical archaeology trains you to contextualize material objects in their original archaeological and cultural settings. This training will equip you with the analytical skills necessary to address intellectual and ethical issues in the display and management of ancient and anthropological collections. Courses prepare students for positions at museums with archaeological and anthropological collections and at heritage sites and historical monuments.


A concentration in education offers coursework combining educational theory with museum curriculum design and prepares you to administer and design educational programming in large and small institutions including children's museums, science museums, art museums, and historic sites.


A concentration in history prepares you for work in a historic setting or living history museum. Specially designed courses in collections care and material culture enhances the curriculum and provide invaluable training for work in small to mid-size historical settings.

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Essay
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • One Letter of Recommendation
Last updated May 2020

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