Art History

Art History at Tufts explores history through the medium of art and architecture. The department is proud to provide a perspective informed by the debates on globalization and visual culture.

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Medford, MA 02155
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M.A. 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. Students engage these issues through course work, seminars, independent research, and teaching experience.

Students complete their degree either by writing a thesis or by submitting two qualifying papers; either option involves an independent research topic designed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. M.A. students from our program are successful in applying to and completing Ph.D. programs.

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M.A. 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


Related programs:


Karen Overbey
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Medieval art and architecture; early Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia; portable arts; medieval materiality
Christina Maranci
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Armenian and Byzantine art and architecture, Art of the South Caucasus
Professor of Art and Art History at Tufts University Diana Martinez
Diana Martinez
Assistant Professor and Director of Architectural Studies
Ph.D. , Columbia University
American architecture history, global architecture history, post-colonial studies, materiality
Cristelle Baskins
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Italian Renaissance art, Mediterranean studies, early modern books, and portraiture
Eva Hoffman
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Islamic art and architecture, portable arts
Ikumi Kaminishi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Asian art and architecture, Buddhist painting, narrative studies
Andrew McClellan
Ph.D. , Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Modern European art and theory; history of museums, exhibitions, and collecting; history of art history
Jeremy Melius
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Modern art and art writing, critical theory and aesthetics, historiography, histories of sexuality
Peter Probst
Ph.D. , Free University Berlin
African art, memory and monuments, historic preservation, cultural property, UNESCO World Heritage, historiography
Eric Rosenberg
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Theories and Methods
Professor of Art and Art History Jacob Stewart-Halevy
Jacob Stewart-Halevy
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Yale University
Contemporary art, global conceptualism, video art, media theory and anthropology
Professor and Director of Film and Media Studies Malcolm Turvey
Malcolm Turvey
Professor and Director of Film and Media Studies
History of film and media theory
Adriana Zavala
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University
Modern and contemporary Latin American art, art of Mexico, and gender and women's studies

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements: 

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the availability of standardized testing, GRE scores are currently waived for students applying to this program 
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, 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 Karen Overbey.

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Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3567