This two-year program consists of academic coursework, independent research and supervised
curatorial projects. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular workshops,
conferences, internships and travel programs. Our graduate program offers significant
historical and geographical breadth, with courses that explore Northern and Southern
Europe, the United States, East Asia, Latin America and the Islamic world. Art History
at OSU differs from most traditional art history programs by emphasizing circuits
of exchange and intercultural networks. Faculty consider broad themes such as gender,
globalization, transnationalism, propaganda and modernity from a wide range of theoretical
and historical perspectives.
OSU's art history faculty are scholars who are actively conducting research and publishing
at the forefront of their fields. The seven full-time faculty members received doctoral
degrees from the country's top art history programs, including Stanford, Northwestern,
the University of Chicago and Rutgers.
Faculty research encompasses a broad historical and geographic range, from medieval
Europe to modern China. We approach these diverse historical periods from a variety
of theoretical perspectives, including feminism and queer theory, visual cultures
of colonialism and transnationalism, histories of race and ethnicity, and material
culture and phenomenology.
Deeply engaged as teachers, art history faculty members organize field trips and study
abroad sessions, supervise curatorial experiences and research assistantships, and
provide one-on-one mentoring and career guidance to graduate students in the program.
Some of our recent graduates have chosen to pursue their doctoral degrees, while others
have gone on to work at museums and art coalitions in curator, events, education,
communications, and directoral capacities and at universities as associate professors.
Five undergraduate courses in art history required Foreign language experienced recommended Statement of purpose Three letters of recommendation Writing sample
GRE not required
TOEFL score of 550 required for international applicants who aren't native English
Cost & Assistance
We are proud to fund the majority of students enrolled in the MA program. Several
graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA) are available,
which award tuition waivers, stipends and health insurance.