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The Best Schools Offering Graduate Degree Programs in Art History

Higher Education Articles April 25, 2017

Overview of Schools offering Graduate Degree Programs in Art History

Master’s and doctoral degree programs in art history are available through several highly-rated art history departments across the United States. Graduate-level certificate programs focusing on art history are also available through a few institutions. In two top-ranking schools, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, programs offered cover various different art styles and periods, including Baroque, Medieval, Italian and Modern. In this article, we take a look at these schools:

Columbia University in New York, NY

The U.S. News & World Report accorded Columbia University 7th rank on its 2013 list of top schools with graduate history programs. Columbia’s 2-year master’s degree program offers concentrations in various art history fields, except modern art that has its separate program. Fields covered include Asian, architectural, and Italian.

Akin to the master’s program, the doctoral program has a broad offering of art history concentrations, including photography and Medieval. After they complete the preliminary year of the Ph.D. program, students teach core art history courses and general undergraduate coursework, as teaching assistants, to gain teaching experience. The highly competitive admission process related to Columbia’s Ph.D. program entails the acceptance of only 15 new students annually.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The U.S. News & World Report accorded the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) 8th rank on its 2014 list of national universities. A master’s degree and a Ph.D. in art history are available at the school in Philadelphia, PA. Admission criteria for the school’s MA program typically require incoming students to be proficient in French as well as in German and complete a thesis in a specific topic area of art history. American, Asian, Baroque and Egyptian art history feature among the fields of study offered. Concentrations in numerous fields, such as North Renaissance, 19th Century, Byzantine and Islamic, are available to doctoral candidates in UPenn’s Ph.D. program. Students are required to teach undergraduate courses during the second portion of the program.

List of Schools offering Art History Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
Harvard University 29,652 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Princeton University 8,138 Princeton, New Jersey
Stanford University 16,980 Stanford, California
Yale University 12,385 New Haven, Connecticut
Williams College 2,171 Williamstown, Massachusetts
Columbia University in the City of New York 28,086 New York, New York
University of Pennsylvania 24,876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duke University 15,984 Durham, North Carolina
Pomona College 1,663 Claremont, California
Dartmouth College 6,350 Hanover, New Hampshire

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