Museum Studies at Tufts
The Museum Studies Certificate offers a variety of program options.
As a certificate student you may choose a concentration in either
History. The concentration you select,
along with your background and career goals, guides you toward the
courses you will take.
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree. To
complete the certificate, four courses and an internship are
Courses and Scheduling
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, but students
are expected to complete the certificate requirements within four
years of starting the program.
All courses are worth one graduate course credit at Tufts
(equivalent to four semester hours at other universities).
Students begin the program in the fall by taking the foundation
course Museums Today: Mission and Function, which examines the
various functions of a museum, from the obvious—producing
exhibitions—to what the visitor never sees: developing a mission
statement, writing a grant proposal, and cataloging the collection
After this course, you choose three additional courses. You may wish
to explore developing education programs, caring for a museum's
collection, interpreting historic objects, or curating an
Your Path to Tufts
Whatever path you have taken, Tufts may be the place for you. And
once you arrive, you can personalize your program by taking just one
or two courses, earning a certificate, or transferring your Museum
Studies courses into a related master's degree.
Since 1988, nearly 400 people have enrolled in the Museum Studies
Certificate Program, each taking a different route to Tufts:
- An entry-level museum professional who studied collections
management to advance in her career
- A textile conservator with over twenty years of experience
who learned how to interpret material and arrange exhibitions
- A professional chef who decided it was time to pursue her
dream of becoming a museum educator
- A recent college graduate who turned an interest in museums
into a career
- A psychiatrist who, faced with retirement, embarked on a
second career in museums
- A flutist who combined her love for music with her passion
for art and pursued a new career as a museum curator
- A teacher used her volunteer experience working with museums
to merge both interests in the field of museum education.