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.

Why pursue a Master's in Art History?

While the prospect of two more years of school may be daunting, you should think of an M.A. as a worthwhile investment in a rewarding lifetime career. Jobs in the art world may not be as well remunerated as other professions, but they offer very high job satisfaction. Art itself is life-enhancing and the art world attracts creative and interesting people. Besides, we live in a "credentialed" society. To become a doctor or lawyer you need to go to medical or law school. An MBA will boost opportunities in the business world. A master's degree is becoming increasingly advantageous, if not essential, for art world professionals.

Why Tufts?

Tufts is named among the top 15 M.A. in Art History programs.

Location, world-class faculty, individual attention – these are among the many reasons why Tufts offers a superior, financially competitive master's program (see tuition). Our M.A. students are our highest priority and enjoy close working relationships with faculty. Because Tufts only offers an M.A., students receive more faculty attention than they would at universities that also offer a Ph.D. Not the least because of these conditions our graduates have a strong record of placement in jobs and top doctoral 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 may be 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
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