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Art History (MA)

The graduate program in art history offers a two-year M.A. degree emphasizing independent exploration and interdisciplinary research. The degree provides a foundation in historical and theoretical study of the history of Western Art, from Medieval to contemporary. The Art Museum of WVU, the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center, and the Visiting Lecture program form a crucial link in the course of studies and allow for curatorial opportunities. Internships with regional museums and galleries are possible.

Interdisciplinary courses and study abroad opportunities may be arranged in consultation with faculty. Reading proficiency in one language other than English is required for the completion of the degree, and writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively are required. Completion of the program culminates in the master’s thesis, which may take a variety of forms within the context of art historical and critical practices.

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Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

Please contact the Administrative contact for further information regarding the portfolio requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

January 15

Spring Deadline

December 1

Summer Deadline


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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WVU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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