p John Cabot University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Art History guides students toward professional mastery of the materials and methods of art history with emphasis on first-hand research in the museums, monuments, and archaeological sites of Rome. The degree can be completed in approximately fifteen months of full-time study. The program has a dual focus: the visual cultures of Rome and the Mediterranean across time, from antiquity to the present; and the acquisition of technical skills for primary research. It also stimulates critical perspectives on the impact of Roman art worldwide. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the MA welcomed its inaugural class in Fall semester 2017. It is the first US-accredited graduate degree program in art history based entirely in Rome. a


Taught by John Cabot University’s international faculty, the degree program can be completed in three semesters of full-time study (Fall-Spring-Fall) and an intervening summer. It unfolds in three phases: a structured Foundation Year (Fall-Spring); a Master’s Exam (Summer); and a Thesis Semester (Fall). Seminars and courses take place at John Cabot University’s campuses in the centrally-located Trastevere district of Rome and in nearby Roman museums, churches, palaces, monuments, archaeological parks, archives, rare book libraries, restoration labs, study collections, artists’ workshops, public installations, and contemporary art galleries. These venues of visual culture and documentation constitute the laboratory of the degree. Some courses involve traveling to other parts of Italy—for example, to Naples, Florence, or Assisi.


The MA seeks a diverse pool of applicants eager to pursue rigorous graduate study in an international environment while benefitting from the many opportunities for intellectual and professional growth available in Rome. Applications are welcome from holders of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited university who have completed at least twelve semester credit hours or the equivalent in the history of art with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) or the equivalent. Seminars and courses are conducted in English and thus require proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written. Reading knowledge of Italian, French, or German at the time of entry into the program is strongly recommended.


Admission is based on a review of the following items:

  • A completed application form;
  • A personal statement of 600 words detailing your reasons for interest in the program;
  • A sample (10-15 pages) of your academic writing in English;
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) study undertaken to date. Transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English translation;
  • Proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent at an accredited university, if not attested in the official transcripts;
  • GRE results (Optional but recommended for students seeking funding. Our GRE code is 7772);
  • Three letters of reference from professors evaluating your academic work and appropriateness for graduate study;
  • Evidence of English language proficiency in the form of an official letter from the institution at which the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) attesting that English was the principal language of instruction for the degree; or scores on one of the following English language proficiency tests.
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Start Date
Oct 2019
15 months
21,000 USD
for U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or Canadian citizens EUR 19,000 – for citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada. Financial aid is available.
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