Continuing Education Policies

Credit, Grades and Hours of Instruction

Credit is awarded on the basis of two credits for every 45 contact hours of instruction. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. If you require a letter grade in order to transfer credit to another institution, or for professional development purposes, please submit a request for letter grade before the 3rd class meeting. There is a form at student services. Credit and grades cannot be received for courses taken as non-credit, or for workshops. 


Continuing Education Credit Course (2): $940

Undergraduate Credit Course (2): $1,500

Please note continuing education credit level courses can be counted towards SMFA CE certificate programs. These may also count towards professional development points for teachers.
Undergraduate credit courses are intended for students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. 

Discount Offers 

For information using a discount for registration please send an email to

  • SMFA and Tufts Alumni Discount: Museum School alumni and Tufts University alumni are eligible to receive a 25% tuition discount off the cost of all courses taken for credit. Alumni must be a diploma or degree graduate of the School or have received a degree from Tufts.
  • Senior Citizen Discount: Senior citizens (62 or older) are eligible for a $50 discount on 2 credit courses.
  • High School Student Discount: Junior and senior high school students are eligible for a 25% tuition discount on all courses taken for credit.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Tuition refunds are made when a Continuing Education course add/drop form is received by the Registrar's Office. Add/drop forms are available from SMFA Student Services. The date that such notice is received will be the effective date of withdrawal. A 100% refund of tuition is given when written notice of withdrawal is received by the Office of the Registrar as indicated below:

For summer session:
All courses and workshops: up to one week prior to the start date.

For fall and spring sessions:
Continuing education and undergraduate credit courses: prior to the second class meeting.

Non-credit workshops and one-week intensives: at least one week prior to the first class meeting

After the deadlines, no refund will be given. The general fee is not refundable. If you fax a withdrawal notice, please call the Registrar's Office at 617-627-2000 to confirm receipt.

Course Cancelations and Changes

The School reserves the right to cancel any course that does not have the minimum enrollment. A full refund of tuition and fees will be made if a suitable substitute course is not found. The School also reserves the right to make changes in course scheduling, faculty and course content.

Supply Lists

Some instructors will make supply lists available online before the start of the course for students to gather materials beforehand. For those courses that do not publish supply lists in advance, instructors will discuss materials in the first class meeting.

Transcript Request

For official transcripts from SMFA at Tufts, please request from the registrar's office 

Professional Development Points for K–12 Teachers

School Teachers who successfully complete courses offered at the Museum School are eligible to receive Professional Development Points (PDPs), required by the State of Massachusetts for the re-certification of Massachusetts educators. Up to 45 PDPs can be earned by taking a 2-credit course. For more information about obtaining PDPs, please contact the Continuing Education Office.


Tufts University is recognized by the Department of Education as an institution of higher education. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University  is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the United States Department of Justice for foreign students and the Veterans Administration for training under Public Law 550 and the Chapter 35, Title 38, United States Code.

Licensing Rights

The SMFA Communications/Marketing Office reserves the right to photograph students and their artwork on campus for the purpose of promoting the School and its programs.

Accessibility and Accommodation

SMFA at Tufts strives to create an accessible environment for students with disabilities. The Student Accessibility Services office works with students to determine needs and create equal access through the provision and creation of reasonable individualized accommodations for all qualified students. To request accommodation for academic, sensory, or medical needs or those pertaining to any other disability, or if you have questions about physical access, please contact More information can be found at Student Accessibility Services.

Non-Discrimination Policy

SMFA at Tufts does not discriminate in its educational programs on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. The SMFA at Tufts will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination. More information can be found at the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Access to Facilities

During the fall and spring semesters, the Museum School is open to CE students:
Monday through Friday: 6 pm–10:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am–10:30 pm

During the summer session, the Museum School is open to CE students:
Monday through Thursday: 7 am–10:30 pm
Friday: 7 am–7 pm

The building is not accessible on weekends.

Hours in areas that require monitors (photography darkroom, printmaking studio, metals, etc.) may differ and will be posted. It is the responsibility of the students to adhere to the School's verbal and/or written health and safety instructions and guidelines while on campus.

ID Cards

ID cards are issued and validated during check-in at the Continuing Education Office at the start of classes. A valid SMFA ID is required for access to all SMFA facilities. Continuing Education students will be issued a new ID at the start of each semester in which they are enrolled.  There is a $10 fee to replace lost ID Cards.

SMFA and MFA Libraries

Continuing Education students have access to SMFA's W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library and the MFA’s William Morris Hunt Memorial Library at Horticultural Hall. The two libraries have combined holdings that total more than 320,000 items. The library holdings reflect the strengths of the MFA collections in Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Americas; Art of the Ancient World; Art of Europe; Musical Instruments; Prints, Drawings and Photographs; and Textile and Fashion Arts, as well as the SMFA library collections emphasizing post-1960 art, DVD film and animation and theoretical texts.


SMFA welcomes visitors to the campus throughout the year and provide tours for those interested in diploma, undergraduate or graduate programs. Please visit the Admission Office or call 617-627-3170 to schedule a tour.

Continuing Education Advising

SMFA's CE advisors can help you choose a course that is right for you, plan a path study based on your strengths and interests and guide you in building a portfolio. Please call 617-627-0057 or email for more information.

Health and Safety

It is the responsibility of all students, when they are on School property, to adhere to the School's verbal or written health and safety instructions and guidelines:

Smoke-Free School Policy

The Museum School is a smoke-free environment.

Inclement Weather Closing

Call 617-627-4636. If daytime classes are canceled, evening classes are also canceled.


Reserve a locker online via the below links. Once you have signed up online, you will be emailed the combination. Use access code “LOCKER.” (basement) (first floor) (mezzanine) (second floor) (third floor)

If you have any questions, please contact