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Graduate Program

Master of Arts: Art History

The master's program in art history 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.

Requirements for the M.A. degree in Art History

  • Reading knowledge of non-English language
  • Eight semester courses in art history at the advanced (100 and above) level
    • Historiography and Methodology (FAH101)
    • At least three (3) seminars
    • A graduate level language course in a second foreign language maybe taken in lieu of a lecture course with the permission of the graduate director
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • At least one semester TA or RA (subject to enrollments and funding)
  • M.A. thesis or two Qualifying Papers

For inquiries about the program, please contact the Director of our graduate program, Associate Professor Karen Overbey (karen.overbey@tufts.edu or 617-627-2597).

Masters Theses