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Art History (MA) 
Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in Art History provides a broad based and methodologically critical foundation essential to pursuing a career in Art History, whether in a university or museum setting. The Art History faculty offers an extensive range of specialties, theoretical approaches, and methodologies. Students are encouraged to develop diverse critical methods and originality of thought as well as a thorough knowledge of the history of art. Graduate students may take advantage of course offerings in related departments such as Architectural History, History, Classics, Anthropology, Media Arts, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, and English, among others. In addition, they may participate in the activities of the African-American Studies Program, the American Indian Studies Program, the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, the Latin American Area Center, the University of Arizona Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee, and the Group for Early Modern Studies Graduate Certificate Program.

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Department/Academic Unit(s)

Division of Art History

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 recognized bachelor’s degree, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. In addition, applicants should have taken at least four upper division Art History courses (12 units). While students may be admitted without these courses, they will be required to complete any deficiencies before graduate courses count toward the Master’s Degree.

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:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing or Research Sample.  Maximum of 10 pages. Size limit 5 MB.
  • 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.  Please request that ETS send official notification of your GRE scores to the Graduate College. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832. The Art History division only looks at Verbal and Analytical scores.
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): All students must submit GRE scores

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
  • Spring – September 15th

  • Fall – Priority Deadline: January 10th
    Fall – Final Deadline: March 15th

    Students who submit their applications by the priority deadline will have priority consideration for financial assistance from the School of Art.

    Applications received on or before each deadline will constitute a competitive pool, and will be reviewed by faculty shortly after the deadline has passed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Paper applications will not be accepted, please submit all materials via the Graduate Admissions Application.

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: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30
Language requirements: A reading knowledge of French, Spanish, German or other approved language must be demonstrated before the third semester.

Minor Requirements

No minor is required for this degree.

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Last revised 05 Jun 2019