August 1 for beginning the following fall.
Over the last few years, about two-thirds of the applicants have
been admitted to the program.
Students accepted into the program usually have a 3.0 or higher
undergraduate grade-point average; a strong letter of
recommendation; and a well-written, concise personal statement (two
to three pages in length) offering a persuasive reason for joining
the certificate program. The committee also looks favorably on
candidates who have museum experience, either paid or volunteer, to
demonstrate knowledge of the inner-workings of a museum.
We do not conduct interviews as part of the application process.
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.
Only one letter of recommendation is required. It should address
your ability to thrive in an academic environment. It is up to you
to decide whether to ask a teacher or a supervisor to write the
letter. You may submit additional letters of recommendation.
The certificate programs requires that you have a minimum of a
bachelor’s degree but it does not need to be in a field related to
the museum studies program. However, if you plan on applying to a
master's degree at Tufts at a later date, the department may require
specific undergraduate work.
Make sure to submit all transcripts for which you received a degree
with your application. It is not unusual for certificate students to
have advanced degrees.
Notification and Transfers
Applicants who apply to the August 1 deadline will receive notification of acceptance on a rolling basis.
Transfer of non-Tufts courses to the certificate program is not
Certificate students interested in enrolling in one of the museum
studies graduate programs must apply to the program. Each department
handles admissions to its own graduate programs. If you are accepted
into an MA program, up to four museum studies courses can be
transferred and will count towards your degree requirements.