University of Denver

Division of Arts and Humanities

School of Art and Art History


2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO 80208

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Art History M.A. with optional Museum Studies concentration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

At the University of Denver, we are committed to preparing our graduates for successful careers in the art world, whether as museum professionals, curators or academics.  The University of Denver’s Master of Arts in Art History program with an optional Museum Studies concentration grounds student in the diverse histories of art while encouraging them to:

  • Think critically and conceptually
  • Express themselves creatively
  • Articulate their ideas clearly
  • Make significant contributions to society
  • Succeed as museum professionals

Our program of about 40 students emphasizes a collegial student-faculty atmosphere.  The art history program offers courses in most areas of world art, with special emphasis on European and American art from the Middle Ages to the present, Pre-Columbian art and Asian art.

Why pursue an Art History M.A. at the University of Denver?

  • Individualized instruction
  • Meaningful and enduring faculty mentorship
  • Small classes taught by professors, curators and professionals in the field
  • Official partnership with the Denver Art Museum
  • Museum internships and networking opportunities; students may choose a Museum Studies concentration
  • Hands-on learning opportunities, including access to a university-run gallery
  • An ideal location near Denver’s urban arts center

In addition to our own Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, our partnership with the Denver Art Museum has led to internships, jobs, and research opportunities for our graduates.

The vibrant art scene in the Rocky Mountain Region also includes:

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • The Clyfford Still Museum
  • The Kirkland Museum

All of our students, whether earning a Master’s in Art History or a Master’s in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration, graduate with a solid art historical foundation, preparing them to enter the museum world or further their studies toward a doctorate.

Our graduates win sought-after positions. Some go on to doctoral studies in the United States or overseas; others hold respected jobs at distinguished art museums or take the road less traveled, entering careers in the diplomatic service, marketing or management with art-related nonprofit organizations.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

“We educate students to think critically and conceptually, to express themselves creatively, to articulate their ideas clearly, and to make significant contributions to the society in which they live.”



Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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