Art History and Museum Studies

This master's program integrates the theoretical study of art history with practical concerns of displaying, managing, and interpreting art objects in a variety of museum settings.

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Medford, MA 02155
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M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies

The master's program in art history and museum studies, offered by the Department of Art and Art History, gives students advanced qualifications in art history and a broad introduction to museum work. The program is offered for those hoping to work in art collection-related fields.

Students take courses in art history and museum studies simultaneously. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers as curators, collections managers, educators or administrators in museums and galleries.

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Karen Overbey
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Peter Probst
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Daniel Abramson
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Andrew McClellan
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Jeremy Melius
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Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements: 

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

For more information, visit the Department of Art and Art History.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Karen Overbey.

Department of Art and Art History
11 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3567