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Art History and Archaeology (ARTH)   

Program Title and Classification

Art History and Archaeology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Art History. The Program is committed to the advanced study and scholarly interpretation of works of art from the prehistoric era to the present and is grounded in the concept of art as a humanistic experience. The faculty offers expertise in all phases of the history of Western art as well as the arts of Africa, the Americas, and East Asia.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (could be a research paper)
  • Publications/Presentations

For admission to the Master’s program, students should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent. Although the applicant must demonstrate a general knowledge of art history, an undergraduate major in art history is not required. Students are required to submit the Graduate Record Examination scores for admission.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis only: 30 credits

ARTH 692: Methods of Research (3 credits)

ARTH 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Seven graduate colloquia or seminars (3 credits each) including one course from each of the four topic areas:

1. Art before 1800 (Chronological area)

2. Art after 1800 (Chronological area)

3. Art oustide Europe and the USA (Geographical area)

4. Art from Europe and/or the USA (Geographical area)

* A single course may fulfill one of the chronological areas as well as one of the geographic areas. No one course, however, can fulfill both of the chronological topic areas or both of the geographic areas.


For the Master's degree, the student will: complete 30 credit hours at the 600 and 700 levels (at least 9 of these credits must be 700 level seminars; 6 are for thesis research; and one course must be ARTH 692, Methods of Art History); pass the departmental language examination in French or German, or in a language appropriate to the area studied (such as Japanese); complete a thesis that demonstrates competency in research and in original investigation; and successfully defend the thesis. Please consult the department's web site for information regarding course distributional requirements. A minimum grade of “B-” is required for all courses approved for graduate credit. Two grades below “B-” result in automatic dismissal from the program.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

1. Students are required to complete 33 credits after the M.A. degree, including 12 credits of ARTH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research and 21 credits of coursework. The 21 credits should include ARTH 692: Methods of Research if not previously taken.

2. Students who bypass the M.A. and enter directly into the doctoral program are required to complete 57 credits, including 12 credits of ARTH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research and 45 credits of coursework. The 45 credits should include ARTH 692: Methods of Research. For coursework distributional requirements, please see the M.A. core requirements.

3. All doctoral students must pass two foreign language exams (one of these could have been taken as an M.A. student), submit a successful request for approval of doctoral exam topics, pass both the written and oral doctoral exams, successfully defend a dissertation proposal, and successfully defend a dissertation. 


A total of thirty-three credit hours, after the M.A. degree, is required for the Ph.D. program. This involves seven courses (21 credit hours), including Methods of Research (ARTH 692) if not previously taken; the final twelve credit hours will be Dissertation Research (ARTH 899). For the direct Ph.D.--in which the M.A. degree is bypassed--the student must complete a total of fifty-seven credit hours, including Methods of Research (ARTH 692) and fourteen other courses; the final twelve credit hours will be Dissertation Research (ARTH 899). For coursework distributional requirements, see the department's web page. A minimum grade of "B-" is required for all courses approved for graduate credit. Two grades below "B-" result in dismissal from the program.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, part of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, is designed to foster innovation in teaching and research by combining cutting-edge visual technology with an environment that encourages collaboration among faculty, students, and external scholars. The Collaboratory combines space for work and for meetings with advanced technology and helpful staff to provide a venue in which teachers and students can gather to work, share ideas, and find the resources necessary to explore new technologies and pursue intellectual interests, as well as to promote the department’s teaching curriculum. The Department maintains its own Lloyd and Jeanne Raport study collection of some 130 objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Americas.

The University Art Gallery, also located in the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, maintains a lively and varied exhibition schedule and has a permanent collection of twentieth-century American prints, drawings and paintings, collections of Japanese prints, and African objects.

The Art Library houses approximately 100,000 volumes as well as a vast body of auxiliary material, including about 70,000 sheets of microfiche. In addition to the University’s library resources, graduate students have access to the Library of Congress, the Archives of American Art, the libraries of Dumbarton Oaks, and other research facilities in Washington.

The University of Maryland is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and is 30 minutes from the National Gallery of Art and the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of African Art, the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, which are devoted to the art of East Asia, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many other major art museums. The campus is a 40-minute drive from such Baltimore institutions as the Walters Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

In order to enhance the student’s curricular choices, the Department maintains an arrangement for course exchange with the Art History department of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. To similar effect, the Department is a member of the Washington Area Art History Consortium, which unites the graduate art history departments of the greater Washington area.

The Department organizes a variety of liaison activities with leading cultural institutions in the Washington-Baltimore area. The Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art is sponsored jointly by the Department and the National Gallery of Art; this annual event provides the opportunity for advanced graduate students from universities in the Middle Atlantic region to present their research at a professional forum. Special seminars are frequently given by curators of such local collections as the National Gallery of Art, the Freer Gallery, or the Department of Prints and Photographs at the Library of Congress.

Financial Assistance

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit by the College of Arts and Humanities and by the Graduate School. Several graduate assistantships are awarded by the Department. Also, up to four Museum Fellowships are awarded each year by the Department of Art History and Archaeology for research at major museums in the Washington-Baltimore area. In honor of its late founding chairman, the Department has established the George Levitine Art History Endowment, in support of research activities of graduate students as well as faculty. The Jenny Rhee Fellowship supports research, travel, and other educational expenses. The Department has recently received a generous gift from the Robert H. Smith family which includes three graduate fellowships. Additional fellowships are available, including travel and dissertation research awards.

Contact Statement

For more information on Departmental requirements and any other information, please view the Department’s web-site, or contact the Department's Director of Graduate Studies or Coordinator of Graduate Studies.



Deborah Down, Coordinator of Graduate Studies

1211B Art/Sociology Building

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-1487

Fax: (301) 314-9652">


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North and South America, Asia, Europe (Ancient; Medieval; Renaissance; 17th through 20th-Century European; Modern and Contemporary).