Art History

The two-year master's in Art History focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history of art and architecture with a perspective informed by debates on globalization and visual culture. 

After completing the degree, you will be well prepared for further PhD study or to enter the job market. Our graduates typically go on to careers in many fields and settings including museums, arts education, historic preservation, consulting, auction houses, galleries, art magazines, and more. 

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MA in Art History

The master's program in art history, offered by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, is designed to provide a broad historical and theoretical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to developing critical thinking and methodological skills. You'll engage with these issues through course work, seminars, independent research, and teaching experience.

You'll complete your degree either by writing a thesis or by submitting two qualifying papers; either option involves an independent research topic designed in consultation with your faculty advisor. The small size of our program gives you the opportunity to get to know you cohort and to enjoy close working relationships with our faculty. After completing the MA, our graduates have a strong record of placement in jobs and top doctoral programs.

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MA in Art History Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate understanding of key debates, concepts, and methods in Art History
  • Advance skills in visual literacy and analysis of artworks
  • Gain familiarity with a broad temporal and geographic scope of art across media
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualize the cultural and historical significance of a broad range of artworks
  • Develop and carry out original research in at least one subfield, using primary sources
  • Refine public presentation skills
  • Produce publishable or near-publishable written work and understand field-specific publishing standards
  • Build basic teaching skills
  • Learn about a range of professional opportunities in Art History
  • Practice responsible and ethical conduct of the profession, especially as outlined by the practices and standards of the College Art Association


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Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements: 

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> GRE scores are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation 
> Writing sample 
       - A recent writing sample of your best piece of writing
> Reading knowledge of a foreign language 

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Associate Professor Ikumi Kaminishi.  

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