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 RequirementsResume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio
Fall DeadlineJanuary 15
Spring DeadlineDecember 1
Summer DeadlineDOES NOT ADMIT
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- The graduate program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report with the Ceramics Program at #18. West Virginia University is the only institution in the state that offers professionally-accredited (NASAD) graduate programs including a Master of Fine Art, Master of Art in Studio Art, Master of Art in Art History and Master of Art in Art Education.
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.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
WVU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.