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Art History  Master's


What is Art History at WVU like?


The graduate program in art history offers a two-year MA 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.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15
Spring: December 1

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What are the requirements to apply for Art History at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Art History graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Essay/Writing Sample (Contact a Graduate Program Representative for a Prompt)
  • GRE
  • Résumé /CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two

Additional application considerations:

  • Writing sample needs to be submitted to

  • Please contact the program representative for further information regarding the portfolio requirements

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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