MA in History and Museum Studies

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Program Description

MA in History and Museum Studies

Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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.

Program Requirements

  • 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 Art History seminar
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 15, 2018
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Sept. 2018
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2 years
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USA - Medford, Massachusetts
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