American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Art History (MA)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Art History (MA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Art History program offers solid preparation for a wide range of professional careers and serves as a substantial foundation for those who decide to continue graduate studies on the doctoral level. The program provides students with a balance between broad general knowledge of art history and the proficiency that comes with specialization. The program offers specializations in Renaissance, Modern, or American art. Students choose between a discipline-oriented focus to prepare for advancement to PhD programs in art history and to careers in college teaching; and a museum-oriented focus which provides a structured internship and prepares students for a career in art museums and galleries. The program provides a strong emphasis on feminist analysis, gender and cultural studies, and reception theory.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education & the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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