Master of Arts Program


The M.A. program in Art History at USF encompasses the history of art from the Middle Ages to the present in the fields of African, American, European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian art, with an emphasis on critical theory and interdisciplinary approaches.

The M.A. program is unique in that our curriculum is based exclusively on small, writing-intensive seminars. In these classes, students engage in advanced research on current issues in art history, under the guidance of faculty who are active and well-published scholars. Additional art history courses are available through our consortium with the University of Florida: M.A. students may take graduate seminars offered at UF and UF graduate students participate in our classes. Students are also encouraged to take graduate seminars in related disciplines such as Africana studies, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies and women's and gender studies.

This course of study provides an excellent foundation in graduate level art-historical analysis, research, and writing. As the achievements of our alumni demonstrate, our program is an outstanding springboard for either continuing graduate studies (Ph.D.) or professional work in a variety of art-related fields.

The M.A. in Art History is a two-year program of study; students who choose the thesis track may spend up to three years in the program.

M.A. Curriculum

Course Descriptions

How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid - Graduate

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M.A. Theses and Qualifying Papers