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Art History (MA) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

The accelerated Master's program is for current University of Arizona undergraduate students in the BA in Art History or the BA in Studio Art. Accelerated Master's students take 12 units of graduate coursework during their senior year, and use those graduate courses towards both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If students are on track to finish their Bachelor's degree in 4 years and can appropriately incorporate the graduate coursework into their undergraduate degree, students can earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in 5 years.

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
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements


  • Current University of Arizona undergraduate student in the BA in Art History; BA in Studio Art
  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours will be required at the time of entry into the AMP. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit may not be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA.
  • Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major at the University of Arizona’s main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
  • By the end of the semester of application (spring of year 3), the applicant must have completed all General Education requirements.
  • Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
  • Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master’s degree awarded.
  • Strongly recommended that the applicant must have completed 2 years of coursework in one foreign language (or the equivalent) by the end of year 3. By the end of year 5, AMP candidates must fulfill the language proficiency exam as defined by the Art History Graduate handbook (this is a translation exam).


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
  • The GRE is not required.
Standardized Tests

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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. Students in the accelerated Master's program are not eligable for graudate funding until they have completed their bachelor's degree. 
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Admissions Deadlines
  • Spring – September 15th

  • Fall – March 15th

    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 will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
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
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 05 Jun 2019