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Certificate Program


Build your knowledge and enhance your career
The Tufts museum studies 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. Guest speakers, discounts to area museums, and membership in the New England Museum Association build valuable professional networks.

Be part of a flexible, exciting learning environment
The Tufts museum studies graduate-level certificate program consists of five courses (including an internship).

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. You do not have to enroll in a course every semester but are expected to complete the certificate requirements within four years of starting the program.

All certificate and graduate museum studies students begin the program in the fall by taking the foundation course Museums Today: Mission and Function, which examines the past, present and future of museums.

Of the four remaining courses, three are electives. You may wish to explore developing education programs, caring for a museum's collection, interpreting historic objects, or curating an exhibition. You may also take one upper-level graduate course from another department at Tufts to count toward the certificate.

All students participate in a 125-hour museum practicum at a museum anywhere in the world.

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Application Deadline (certificate program): August 1st (domestic applicants)
Notification will occur two to three weeks after receipt of your application. To learn more about the online application process, visit the application page.