Department of Art and Art History Art History

Graduate Program Overview

Our Art History graduate program offers a rigorous academic atmosphere with expansive archive and library resources for master’s and doctoral students. In an unusually vibrant and collaborative community, students take advantage of countless internship and fellowship opportunities, as well as interdisclipinary portfolio programs in fields such as Museum Studies.

The program grants master's and doctoral degrees, and application for each is made separately. A master's degree is a requirement for admission to the PhD program.

The MA program is a two-year, in-residence course of study in which students spend three semesters devoted largely to seminars, with the fourth and final semester spent researching and writing a thesis. Students may pursue generalized or specialized tracks in the MA program.

The PhD program involves three semesters of seminar coursework, as well as qualifying exams on four topics and competency tests in two foreign languages. Students then apply for PhD candidacy and begin work on their dissertation. PhD students also have opportunities to gain teaching experience as Teaching Assistants and Assistant Instructors, the latter of whom design and independently lead lower-division courses in Art History.