Small Classes, Big Mentorship

With only 8-10 new students per year, the MA in Art History program offers you a chance to explore art in a welcoming, engaged environment. Art History courses provide a strong base of knowledge about artists and their works, while also developing critical analysis skills. Classroom time is enhanced with experiential learning, including internship opportunities and research conferences.
The Master’s in Art History program features:
  • Two tracks: Preparation for PhD programs and curatorial museum positions with a capstone project, or preparation for other museum career paths with a digital museum studies project.
  • A focus on four areas: Renaissance and Baroque, Modern European, American to 1970, and Global Contemporary Art with an emphasis on East Asia.
  • Cultural studies, social history, feminist and gender studies, nationalism, globalization, and post-colonialization.
  • Access to internships at Washington, DC’s wealth of museums.

Accelerator Admission
Details (Fall 2017)

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5
Program Start Date August 20, 2017 August 20, 2017 August 24, 2017
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
1) Bachelor’s degree in art history, architectural history, museum studies, or arts management;
2) Or 18-24 hours of undergraduate art history coursework. Students who have 18 credit hours may be required to complete the 6-credit deficit during the course of their MA program.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Approaches to Art History
  • Research Methods

Progression Details

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree 6 9 0
Progression Into Master’s degree program Master’s degree program Master’s Accelerator 2
Progression Requirements GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B Completion of level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework
Total credits required for degree: 30 credit hours (plus 6 more for museum emphasis)

Tuition Costs

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language Cost Per Credit After Accelerator1 Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Art History $19,900 $27,900 $8,060 $1,526 30 (plus 6 more for museum emphasis)

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.

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