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Graduate Program

Master of Arts: Art History and Museum Studies

The master's program in Art History and Museum Studies is designed to give students advance 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. Our graduates emerge with a powerful credential to secure museum employment.

Students take courses in art history and museum studies simultaneously. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers in museums, art galleries, art publishing, museum education, teaching, art libraries, visual resource collections, or auction houses. If you are interested in museum studies courses only please see the Museum Studies Certificate Program.

Check out the Tufts Museum Studies Blog for listings on art history/museum related jobs, as well as news about current museum topics.

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

For inquiries about the program, please contact the Director of our graduate program, Associate Professor Karen Overbey.

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