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
EXPLORE THE WORLD
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.
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.
Five undergraduate courses in art history Foreign language experience 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 M.A. program. Several
graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) and research assistantships (GRA) are available,
which award tuition waivers, stipends and health insurance.