Museum Education

The Museum Education Program, offered by the Department of Education, is designed for those interested in facilitating visitors’ learning and engagement in museums.

Two museum studies students participate in an educational activity.
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Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

M.A. in Museum Education

The master’s program in museum education prepares students to work with audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in the informal learning environment of a museum. We seek applicants who can bring new thinking and leadership to the field at a time when museums are increasingly focusing their resources on community engagement, civic issues, and global problems.

Students take courses in education, human development, psychology, museum studies and content areas such as history or art history simultaneously. Graduates of this program typically pursue careers as educators or administrators in museums of all types and sizes.

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M.A. in Museum Education Learning Objectives
  • Understanding of museum issues in the 21st century across the spectrum of museum types, and familiarity with all aspects of museum operations and how they support audiences and collections
  • Understanding of learning and human development theories that influence museum education practice
  • Ability to assess the various needs, preferences, and learning levels of multiple museum audiences
  • Ability to interpret primary and secondary sources, including visual and material culture, quickly and critically and to reshape it, through exhibitions, public programs, school programs, new media, and written materials, for a variety of audiences
  • Basic knowledge of the discipline of the museum field of choice (such as art history, American history, science, natural history, etc.)
  • Ability to plan and implement museum-school and public programs from concept, curriculum development, budgeting and marketing to teaching and evaluation
  • Understanding of the importance of evaluation and basic skills in designing and conducting evaluation studies
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences at different learning and reading levels
  • Ability to advocate for an idea, project, or program to colleagues, donors, and funding agencies
  • Application of skills and knowledge gained through coursework to the real-world setting of a museum


Cynthia Robinson
M.S. , Bank Street College of Education
Director of Museum Studies

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates and 2016 & 2017 Tufts undergraduate alumni

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

For more information, visit the Department of Education.

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

Department of Education
12 Upper Campus Road, Paige Hall
Medford, Massachusetts 02155

Telephone: (617) 627-3244