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Master's in Art History

The two-year M.A. program in art history at OSU differs from most traditional art history programs through its prioritization of intercultural connections, globalism and transnationalism. With six tenured or tenure-track faculty members, this program offers significant historical and geographical breath, including Europe, the United States, Native America, East Asia, Latin America and Islamic World from the Middle Ages to today.  In addition to an M.A. degree in Art History, our students are able to obtain a certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies.


Thesis option - 30 credit hours total
Non-thesis option - 36 credit hours total


Graduate courses include:

  • The Visual Culture of the Islamic World 
  • Contemporary East Asian Art
  • Native of American Art
  • Gender and Visual Culture
  • The Global Contemporary: Art Responds to Crisis
  • China-Japan Artistic Exchange


Through courses on the history of Northern and Southern Europe, the United States, East Asia, Latin America and Islam.


Research and Faculty

OSU's art history faculty are actively conducting research and publishing at the forefront of their fields. The eight full-time faculty members received doctoral degrees from the country's top art history programs, including Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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. 


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.


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Additional Highlights

Our alumni have successfully pursued careers in various sectors, such as museums and galleries, non-profit organizations, government positions, and both secondary and higher education institutions nationwide. A number of our graduates have been admitted to esteemed Ph.D. programs.


Admissions Requirements

Five undergraduate courses in art history
Foreign language experience recommended
Statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
Writing sample


Test Scores:

  • GRE not required
  • TOEFL score of 550 required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers

Application Deadline:

February 15


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Cost & Assistance

We are proud to fund the majority of students enrolled in the M.A. program. Several graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA) are available, which award tuition waivers, stipends and health insurance.


Assistantships and Scholarships

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