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Art History & Education (PHD) - Art History 
Program Description

63 units beyond the MA degree are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Art History and Education degree, including 18 units of dissertation research and 45 units of coursework. Candidates are expected to complete a master's degree before entering the PhD program.

The Art History and Education PhD provides an interdisciplinary, theoretically informed, methodologically diverse two track PhD program: with one track in Art History and one in Art and Visual Culture Education. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to research, theory, and practice within their respective fields in university, museum, community, and other arts leadership positions.

The PhD track in Art History  produces excellent scholars of art history who will be uniquely competitive in the professional world of university teaching, museum and related careers.

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Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Art

College of Fine Arts  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Megan Bartel
Graduate Program Coordinator
Megan Bartel
Director of Graduate Studies
Karen M Zimmermann
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Application Prerequisites:

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Applicants should have a recognized Master’s degree in Art History or a graduate degree in another discipline approved by the Art History faculty.  Applicants with an M.A. outside Art History may be admitted to the program, but they will be required to take one of the methodologies courses (511a or 511b) and three graduate level courses in Art History (a total of 12 units) that will not count as coursework for the Ph.D. degree.

Applicants currently enrolled in an M.A. program should include in their statement of purpose their M.A. thesis proposal and a statement that they expect to have completed the Master’s degree by August of the academic year in which they would begin the Ph.D. program. The letter of recommendation from the M.A. advisor should also make reference to the expected date of completion of the M.A.


Application Requirements:

Through the Graduate Admissions Application you will have the ability to upload various requirements for consideration by the admission committee. For this application you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Please combine the following items into a single document (maximum file size: 5 MB) in the order shown below:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing or Research Sample
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended.  For initial evaluation purposes, you may attach scans of official or unofficial transcripts.
  • The names and contact information for 3 referees who will be submitting Letters of Recommendation on your behalf.  All letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline and must be from faculty members that can speak about your academic and research ability and potential for graduate studies.  The preferred method to receive letters of recommendation is through the web-based Graduate Admissions Application. If, however, this is not possible, letters can be sent to:

    Graduate Program
    School of Art
    University of Arizona
    P.O. Box 210002
    Tucson, AZ 85721

GRE scores are not required.

Standardized Tests

International Students Only:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The School of Art offers fee waivers, scholarships, fellowships and graduate assistantships for graduate students in good standing. These awards are competitive and assigned during both fall and spring semesters.
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Admissions Deadlines
  • Fall: January 10
  • Spring: September 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2301,2399,2799

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 63
Language requirements: Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate reading fluency in a second foreign language beyond that required at the Master's level.

Minor Requirements

9 unit minor

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Last revised 05 Jun 2019