The master’s in Art History and Museum Studies is designed to give students advanced qualification in art history and a broad introduction to museum work and theory. The program is offered for those hoping to work in art collection-related fields.

It provides students with skills and insights to integrate the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers as curators, collections managers, educators or administrators in museums and galleries.

Why choose Tufts to prepare for a museum career?

Today's museum professionals are creative problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders. They understand collections, audiences, and how to tell stories. They facilitate visitors' understanding of the past, present, and future through interactions with material objects and scholarship using face-to-face encounters and technological tools.

At Tufts, you'll study with museum professionals who understand this. We operate on the cutting edge of museum practice, combining deep experience with a wider knowledge of issues and trends in the field.

Over the past twenty-five years, our museum studies program has built a strong reputation for helping graduates to develop their careers and hit the ground running in museum jobs.

Tufts is located in a region rich in museums. Coursework often draws upon these resources, and students easily find internships and volunteer opportunities, which helps them build their professional expertise and networks.

Requirements for the M.A. degree in Art History and Museum Studies

  • Reading knowledge of non-English language
  • Six semester courses in art history at the advanced (100 and above) level
    • Historiography and Methodology (FAH101)
    • At least two (2) seminars
  • Five courses in museum studies, including a museum internship
  • Comprehensive exam
  • At least one semester TA or RA (subject to enrollments and funding)
  • M.A. thesis, 2 Qualifying Papers (QP), or 1 QP and an additional AH seminar
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