Museum Education

The Museum Education program, offered by the Department of Education, is designed for those interested in pursuing careers in art, history, science, and children’s museums. With its convenient location just a few miles from downtown Boston, Tufts offers easy access to the area's many museums, academic, and cultural institutions. 

The program is available both full-time and part-time for working professionals. All students enrolled are eligible for tuition scholarships from the university. 

Two museum studies students participate in an educational activity.
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  • Full-Time and Part-Time Tracks
  • Application Requirements
  • Faculty and Program Contacts

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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. 

Using a trimester format for graduate coursework, the part-time program allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses during the evening, online and/or weekends, allowing completion of the program in two to three years.

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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

Full-Time Track

Our M.A. in Museum Education usually takes two years of full-time study. The program requires completion of eleven courses, including five required museum studies courses, a supervised museum internship, two required education courses, and four electives relating to the student's area of interest.  

Pathways to Tufts: Part-Time Track for Working Professionals

Using a trimester format for graduate coursework, the part-time M.A. in Museum Education program allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses in the evening, on weekends, and online allowing completion of the program in two to three years. Requirements are the same as full-time study. 

Sample Part-Time Schedule*

Term Courses Offered
Fall Semester ED 285: Museums Today: Mission and Function

ED 280: Teaching & Learning in the Museum
Thursday, 6-9PM


Wednesday, 6-9PM
Spring Semester ED 281: Museum Education for K-12 Audiences

Psychology of Development (e.g. ED 130: Human Development and Learning
Wednesday, 6-9PM


Evening
Summer Session 1 ED 287: Museum Evaluation Online
Summer Session 2 UEP 191B: Philanthropy and Fundraising Tuesday, Thursday, 6-9PM
Fall Semester

Education Foundation Course (e.g. ED 161: Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling; ED 167: Critical Race Theory Seminar: Issues in Urban Education)

ED 287: Museums and Digital Media

Evening


Online (Tuesday, 6-9PM)
Spring Semester

ED 282: Pro-Seminar in Museum Interpretation

ED 215: Exhibition Planning or HIST 290: The Meaning of Things: Interpreting Material Culture

Monday, 6-9PM



Tuesday, 5-9PM; Thursday, 6-9PM (Respectively)

Summer Session 1 Museum Practicum Timing varies based on opportunity (125 hours total)
Summer Session 2

Museum Practicum (cont'd)

Timing varies based on opportunity (125 hours total)
Fall Semester ED 284: Museum Practicum Timing varies based on opportunity (125 hours total)

 

*This is a sample schedule. Course offerings and schedule are subject to change. 

Application Deadline


Fall: January 15
Fall Pathways Part-time Track: June 1
Spring Pathways Part-time Track: December 1

Application Requirements


> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required*
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

For more information, visit the Department of Education.

*The program will consider waiving GRE scores for those with 5 or more years of work experience in a museum setting. GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates and Tufts undergraduate alumni who are within 2 years of graduation.

Contact

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

Students interested in part-time study should contact pathwaysgsas@tufts.edu

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

Email: education@tufts.edu
Telephone: (617) 627-3244

Program Faculty

Director of Museum Studies
- Museum Practicum, Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall), Proseminar in Museum Education (Spring), Teaching and Learning in the Museum (Fall)

Cynthia Robinson has worked at a number of museums, including the National Heritage Museum, The Bostonian Society, and Old Sturbridge Village. As the executive director of the Bay State Historical League for 10 years, she provided professional development programs and services for history museums and historical organizations throughout the state. Robinson has extensive experience in museum management, curriculum development, and exhibit planning, research, and text writing. Learn more about Cynthia >
 
Dana Allen-Greil, M.A.

- Museums and Digital Media (Fall)
Dana Allen-Greil is Director of Digital Strategy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dana has led web and social media efforts at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Ogilvy Public Relations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. 

Julia Courtney, M.A., A.L.M.

- Curatorial Approaches to Collections Management (Fall)
Julia Courtney has more than twenty years of experience in the museum field, in museum education and curatorial practices. Most recently she served as Curator of Art for two art museums, the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, part of the Springfield Museums consortium in Western Massachusetts.

Cara Iacobucci, M.A., Ed.M.

- Museums Today: Mission and Function (Fall), Museum Studies Practicum (Summer)
Most recently, Cara Iacobucci served as guest curator at the Lynn Museum & Historical Society for the exhibition titled Different Journeys, Common Bonds: The Greek Community in Lynn. She has held positions and internships at Historic New England, The Paul Revere House, The Fuller Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Vose Galleries.

Matt Kirchman, M.A.

- Exhibition Planning (Spring)
As a museum planner and exhibition developer, Matt Kirchman works with museum staff and administrators, architects, and designers to craft the communication and experiential aims for museums and exhibitions.

Joy Kubarek, Ph.D.

- Museum Evaluation (Summer)
Joy Kubarek is a Senior Research Associate with PEER Associates, an education research and evaluation consulting firm. She has conducted scientific field research and led research expeditions but the bulk of her career has focused on research and evaluation of science education. 

Andrew McClellan, Ph.D.

- Museum History and Theory (Fall)
Andrew McClellan has been a member of the Museum Studies faculty since the program's inception. His scholarly research, and teaching contribution to the program, focuses on the history and theory of museums. He is the author of three museum-related books: Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1994); Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (2003); and The Art Museum From Boullee to Bilbao (2007).

Ingrid A. Neuman, M.A.
- Collections Care and Preventive Conservation (Spring)

Ingrid A. Neuman is a Conservator of three-dimensional artifacts in private practice. Prior to establishing her own private practice, Neuman held the position of Head of Sculpture Conservation at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she also taught in the Graduate Art History Department at Williams College. 

George Schwartz, Ph.D.
- The Meanings of Things: Interpreting Material Culture (Spring)

For twelve years, George Schwartz was a curator in the Maritime Art & History and Exhibitions & Research departments at the Peabody Essex Museum, and currently serves as curatorial scholar. During his museum career, George has created exhibitions, publications, public programs, and interactive media designed to shape the way we think about our world through our interaction with material culture. 

Kenneth C. Turino, M.A.
- Exhibition Planning (Spring), Revitalizing Historic House Museums (Summer)

Kenneth C. Turino Turino is responsible for developing and managing Historic New England's traveling exhibition program. Projects have included the critically acclaimed collaboration with MASS MoCA, Yankee Remix: Artists Take on New England; America's Kitchens; The Camera's Coast, and the award-winning From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England 1860-1960. 

Tara Young, M.A.
- Museum Education for K-12 Audiences (Spring)

Tara Young is an independent museum professional who has worked in the field for more than 20 years. Previously, she served as Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons, Director of Education at the Higgins Armory Museum, Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum. 


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