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Who Hires our Graduates?

The museum job market can be competitive, but candidates who have museum experience and academic credentials tend to get the jobs.

Tufts museum studies graduates (both certificate and degree) have both. Most students come into the program with some museum experience and gain more while they are here: through the internship, through part-time work, and through volunteering. Coursework equips graduates with context and strategy.

In a recent study, we found that over 85% of museum education students (who graduated between 2009 and 2012) held museum jobs within a year of graduating. Anecdotal evidence suggests that graduates heading for other aspects of museum work (such as curatorial, collection management, development) also find jobs.

Positions Held by Recent MA and Certificate Graduates

Museum Relations Coordinator Gibbes Museum of Art
Public Programs Coordinator Vermont Historical Society
Visitor Services Newport Art Museum
Curatorial Assistant and Manager of Student Programs Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Museum Assistant Old South Meeting House
Collections Maintenance Technician Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Education Lecture and Program Coordinator New England Aquarium
Coordinator, Visitor Services, Guest Care & Volunteer Programs Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Collections and Exhibits Manager USS Constitution Museum
Major Gifts Officer Ford's Theatre Society
Curator of Collections Sheldon Jackson Museum
Education Associate and Museum Learning Specialist Addison Gallery of American Art
Director of Museum Education National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Collections Manager Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services USS Constitution Museum
Visitor Services Facilitator MIT Museum
Associate Director of Interpretation The New York Botanical Garden
Director Richfield History Center
Prospect Researcher Museum of Modern Art
Interim Gallery Manager Gallery of African Art
Acting Director Old Colony Historical Society
Coordinator of School and Family Programs New Britain Museum of American Art
Education Program Coordinator Historic New England
Programs Coordinator Western Museums Association
Director of Education Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts
Design Challenges Program Manager Museum of Science, Boston
Associate Educator Currier Museum of Art
Community Outreach Coordinator Please Touch Museum
Director of Visitor Engagement Great Lakes Science Center
Art & Nature Center Programs Coordinator Peabody Essex Museum
Assistant to the Chief Curator Yale University Art Gallery
Learning and Interpretation Assistant Portland Museum of Art
Assistant Director Old North Foundation
Executive Director Washington County Historical Society
Graduate Student Lecturer Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Collections Specialist Peabody Essex Museum
Museum Educator Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
Educator USS Constitution Museum
Membership and Advocacy Manager New England Museum Association
Public Engagement Manager Williams College Museum of Art
Museum Teacher National Building Museum
Executive Director Swift River Valley Historical Society
Curatorial Assistant Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Assistant Collections Manager National Museum of the American Indian
Manager of Tour Programs and Visitor Learning Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Tutor Museum Academy
Curatorial Assistant Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Assistant Curator of Education Danforth Art
Ranger Lowell National Historical Park
Associate Curator Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston