Art History (MA)


Art History, MA

On Campus 36 cr

The M.A. in Art History is a two-year program of study offering a broad range of courses in art history, with many opportunities for advanced study and independent research.


The M.A. in Art History is a two-year program of study offering a broad range of courses in art history, with many opportunities for advanced study and independent research. The Art History M.A. degree provides a comprehensive foundation in western art, as well as critical, cultural, and visual theories and methodologies. Our nationally-recognized faculty specialize in Classical, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Europe, American, and Modern and Contemporary art.

Our M.A. program develops skills in critical thinking and visual analysis applicable to a wide range of professional and civic pursuits. The M.A. is a necessary preliminary degree for the PhD in art history, but it’s also increasingly a requirement for entry-level employment in many arts-related fields. Our recent M.A. graduates are now studying at Cornell University, Columbia University, the University of Oklahoma, and are employed as teachers at colleges, at New York galleries, and as lawyers.

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Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • GRE (optional)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement:  This statement (letter of intent) should describe your goals in entering the program and your objectives in the portfolio submitted.
  • Writing sample
  • Portfolio
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Application Deadlines

February 1 for Fall.

Graduate Chair

Santiago Cal

Support Staff

Christy Aggens

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