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Museum Education

Two students at a museum exhibit

The Museum Education program at Tufts stands apart from other museum studies programs because of the community created from an interdisciplinary structure. You will join a group of approximately 35 emerging professionals with varied interests and skills who may become part of your lifelong network of colleagues and friends.

The program prepares graduates to find their places at the cutting-edge of the interesting and varied field of museum education. Museum educators are:

  • Helping museums find new roles in fostering community, addressing social issues, and providing forums for multiple views and voices.
  • Designing and conducting programs for toddlers, families, policemen, doctors-in-training, parolees, those with dementia and more, and they facilitate lifelong learning by teaching visitors make their own connections and meanings.
  • Serving on exhibition development teams, working with community groups, creating in-museum and Internet learning resources, conducting in-person and distance learning programs, and directing departments and museums.

M.A. Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Museum Education is designed for those interested in pursuing careers in art, history, science, and children's museums. The two-year, 11-course program is flexible enough to accommodate students' needs and interests, and a part-time option is also available. Each student takes five required museum studies courses, including a supervised museum internship, two required education courses, and four electives relating to the discipline of the student's area of interest.

Certificate Program

The Certificate Program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers, and those who currently work in museums. Courses teach new skills and address current trends in the field. Students take four courses and a practicum, and although this program does not lead to a master's degree, courses taken as a certificate student can be applied to the master's program in Museum Education if the student is admitted into the M.A. in Museum Education program.