MA in Art History

General

Program Description

The master's program in art history, offered by the Department of Art and 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key debates, concepts, and methods in Art History.
  • Advance skills in visual literacy and analysis of artworks.
  • Gain familiarity with a broad temporal and geographic scope of art across media.
  • Demonstrate the ability to contextualize the cultural and historical significance of a broad range of artworks.
  • Develop and carry out original research in at least one subfield, using primary sources.
  • Refine public presentation skills.
  • Produce publishable or near-publishable written work and understand field-specific publishing standards.
  • Build basic teaching skills.
  • Learn about a range of professional opportunities in Art History.
  • Practice responsible and ethical conduct of the profession, especially as outlined by the practices and standards of the College Art Association.

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

Application Requirements

  • Application fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official GRE required
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
    • A recent writing sample of your best piece of writing
  • Reading knowledge of a foreign language
Last updated June 2019

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