Graduate Admissions and Aid


To be admitted for our MA program (both Art History and Art History/Museum Studies) applicants are expected to have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. An undergraduate major in Art History is the best preparation for this program, but not mandatory.

Applicants who have undergraduate degrees in other fields but have minored in Art History or have taken three or four undergraduate art history courses are also encouraged to apply.

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for application deadlines.

Required for application:

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE - waived
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts 
  • A recent writing sample of your best piece of writing
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language

For more information, please review the History of Art and Architecture graduate handbook.

Financial Aid

Depending on your circumstance, Tufts may be significantly less expensive than competing MA programs.

The Tufts MA is a two-year program, but students pay tuition only in the first year; the second year tuition is exempt. Based on merit and need we also offer scholarships in the form of reduced tuition. Financial aid is available for the first year; make sure to apply for it if you think you might need it.

In the second year students are required to pay only for the health insurance fees and student activity fees. Also, in the second year, students who pass the Comprehensive Exam in the beginning of the second year are eligible for paid Teaching Assistantships which help with living costs and provide valuable teaching experience.

Learn more about the application process by visiting Graduate Admissions. For further questions please contact the Director of our graduate program, Assistant Professor Alice Sullivan.