|Program Related Questions
||Application Related Questions
|Why choose Museum Studies at Tufts?
||Is an interview required for the
|Can I work full-time & pursue the
||I live out of state and I cannot attend
the Open House. Do you conduct other information
|I currently work in a museum. How will
this program benefit my career?
||Is it possible to apply to the program
before April 1st?
|What other benefits
would I receive as a Tufts University Museum Studies
||May I submit more than one letter of
|How quickly may I
complete the certificate program?
||Does the letter of recommendation have
to be academic, especially for someone who has been out
of school for several years?
|Once I begin the
Certificate program, do I have to take at least one
course each semester?
||What is the specific length expected for
the personal statement?
|Can I take the
courses for pass/fail?
||I have a Master’s degree. Should I
submit this transcript with my certificate application?
|May I take other
courses other than the Museum Studies courses listed in
the brochure and on the website?
||Can I switch my concentration (i.e. Art
History, Classics, History, or Education) once I am
admitted to the program?
courses count toward the Certificate?
||Do I need to take the Graduate Record
Exam (GRE)? Even if I don’t, may I submit scores if I
Certificate student audit a course, even though it does
not count toward a certificate?
||May I apply to the program if I do not
have a bachelor’s degree?
|May I take a
Museum Studies course if I am not in the certificate
||Does my bachelor’s degree need to be in
a certain field, for example in Art History?
|May I transfer
from the Certificate program into one of the MA
||Generally, what do you look for in
|How much is the
tuition for the certificate courses?
||After admitted to the program, may I
begin my studies in the summer?
|Is financial aid
||Can I transfer a course from another
college or university into the Certificate program?
||What is your rate of acceptance?
Program Related Questions
Q. Why choose the Museum Studies at Tufts?
A. There are many reasons to choose the Tufts University Museum
Studies program. Based on feedback from our students, the main
reason they come to Tufts is our reputation. Admission to our
program is competitive. Our program is also known by those in the
museum field as one that trains students through skill-based,
hands-on courses. For example, in the Exhibition Planning course,
you will not only learn about how to mount an exhibit, but will be
able to see your own exhibit come to fruition. The fact that the
program requires four courses plus an internship provides job
qualification without the time and financial commitment of a
master’s program. The internship is the culminating part of the
program and provides the student with the opportunity to experience
working in a museum, historic-home, or another institution.
Throughout the internship, you will be mentored closely by the
Internship Supervisor to ensure a quality experience. Most of the
Museum Studies faculty at Tufts are practitioners in the field who
exude enthusiasm for the program and who bring “real-world”
experience to the classroom. After completion of the program, you
will have skills that may open doors for museum jobs and give you
the edge over other candidates. To quote an alumni of the program,
“the certificate program gave the context, theory, and understanding
of museums that I needed to further my career in the profession.”
Q. Can I continue to work full-time and pursue the certificate
A. In many cases, yes. The Museum Studies courses are held in the
evening (typically from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) with one class
meeting a week.
Q. I currently work in a museum. How will this program benefit my
A. Those who currently work in a museum can still
greatly benefit from pursuing the certificate program by earning a
new credential for resume building, fine tuning old and/or learning
new skills-sets, keeping updated on current trends and happenings in
the field, meeting future colleagues, networking with experienced
museum professionals through many contacts including, instructors,
guest speakers, conferences and special behind-the-scenes field
trips and tours, and working on museum-specific writing skills in
assignments such as press releases, exhibition critiques, grant
applications, educational proposals.
Q. What other benefits would I receive as a Tufts University Museum
A. Each year, incoming Museum Studies students are provided with a
membership to the New England Museum Association (NEMA), which gives
students discounts to area museums and discounts on NEMA-sponsored
workshops and their annual conference. NEMA memberships gives
students many opportunities for networking in the field and
developing their skills. In addition, students have the opportunity
to network with classmates via the university’s Blackboard system.
We also offer an annual “Career Night” and invite area professionals
to discuss trends in the field and to provide tips on the job
Q. How quickly may I complete the certificate program?
A. The program may be completed in one academic year (fall and
spring semesters) by taking two-three courses in the fall and
one-two courses and the internship in the spring.
Q. Once I begin the Certificate program, do I have to take at least
one course each semester?
A. No, but you are expected to complete the Certificate program
in four years.
Q. Can I take the courses for pass/fail?
A. Only courses taken for credit may count toward the certificate.
Q. May I take other courses other than the Museum Studies courses
listed in the brochure and on the website?
A. You may take one upper-level graduate course, with permission of
your advisor, to count toward the certificate. This course may be
out of the Departments of Art History, Classics, History, or
Education that might enhance your knowledge in a particular area of
Q. Can audited courses count toward the Certificate?
A. No, only courses taken for credit at Tufts count.
Q. May a Certificate student audit a course, even though it does not
count toward a certificate?
A. Yes. The current tuition to audit a course is $600, unless the
student is a graduate of a Tufts program or is a resident of Medford
Q. May I take a Museum Studies course if I am not in the certificate
A. Generally, the Museum Studies courses are filled by certificate
and graduate students in the program. On occasion, there may be room
for an individual who is not in the program. To obtain permission to
enroll in the foundation course, one must contact the Program
Administrator at least four weeks before the start of the fall
semester via email. The email should include a copy of your resume
and personal statement. The statement should be well-written and
give clear indication of why you would like take the class.
Q. May I transfer from the Certificate
program into one of the MA programs?
A. No, you must apply separately to an MA program even if you are
enrolled in the Certificate program. If you are interested in
pursuing an MA at Tufts in one of the subject areas connected to the
Museum Studies program, please contact the relevant departmental
adviser. Each department handles admissions to its own graduate
programs. If you are accepted into an MA program having already
begun, or finished, the Certificate in Museum Studies, up to four
courses can be transferred and will count towards your degree
Q. How much is the tuition for the certificate courses?
A. Please visit our Application and
for current tuition rates.
Q. Is financial aid available?
A. Museum Studies certificate students may apply for federal
financial aid provided the student takes a minimum of two courses
per semester (and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident).
Q. Is an interview required for the program?
A. No, but many students’ decision to apply to the program is
solidified after attending the annual Open House and learning more
about the program.
Q. I live out of state and I cannot attend the Open House. Do you
conduct other information sessions?
A. We convene one Open House annually, but it may be possible to
meet with members of the program after making an appointment with
the Program Administrator.
Q. Is it possible to apply to the program before April 1st?
A. Yes, you may submit your application well before the April 1st
deadline, but since the applications are reviewed as a pool, you
will not receive your decision by mail until after the committee
meets in mid-April.
Q. May I submit more than one letter of recommendation?
Q. Does the letter of recommendation have to be academic, especially
for someone who has been out of school for several years?
A. The letter of recommendation should be a strong letter of
recommendation and speak to why you would be appropriate for the
certificate program. It is up to you to decide who would be best to
write the letter, either an academic or professional.
Q. What is the specific length expected for the personal statement?
A. There is no set limit on the personal statement, but most
personal statements submitted are 2-3 pages in length.
Q. I have a Master’s degree. Should I submit this transcript with my
A. Yes, copies of all transcripts for which you received a degree
should be submitted with your application.
Q. Can I switch my concentration (i.e. Art History, Classics,
History, or Education) once I am admitted to the program?
A. Yes, with advisor approval.
Q. Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)? Even if I
don’t, may I submit scores if I want to?
A. GRE scores are not required for the Museum Studies certificate
program. If you do have GRE scores, you may submit them with your
application for admission.
Q. May I apply to the program if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?
A. No, the program requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
Q. Does my bachelor’s degree need to be in a certain field, for
example in Art History?
A. For the Museum Studies certificate program, you will not
necessarily need your degree to be in a particular field. However,
if you plan on continuing onto a Master’s degree at Tufts, the
department may require a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
or a certain number of courses in a particular area before
consideration to the graduate program
Q. Generally, what do you look for in applicants?
A. There’s no standard answer, just as there’s no standard
applicant. Many qualities are taken into account. But a typical
applicant will have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate grade-point
average; a strong letter of recommendation/s; and a well-written,
concise personal statement offering a persuasive reason for joining
the Certificate program. The committee will also look favorably on a
candidate who has museum experience, either paid or volunteer, to
demonstrate some knowledge of the inner-workings of a museum.
Q. After admitted to the program, may I begin my studies in the
A. Yes, if space allows, you may take the Philanthropy and Fundraising course that is only offered in the summer. Otherwise, it
would not be possible to begin the program other than during the
fall semester with the foundation course. All other courses in the
program (other than the Philanthropy and Fundraising course) require
this course as a pre-requisite. Questions regarding this policy may
be directed to the Program Administrator.
Q. After I’ve submitted my application materials, when will I find
out whether I’ve been admitted?
A. You should receive notification by mail by the beginning of May.
Q. Can I transfer a course from another college or university into
the Certificate program?
A. Transfer of non-Tufts courses to the Certificate program is not
Q. What is your rate of acceptance?
A. Over the last few years, about two-thirds of the applicants have
been admitted to the program.
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