Temple University

Tyler School of Art

Art History


1801 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Art History, M.A.-Art History;

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Tyler Art History graduate students have many doors open to them. They study in Philadelphia and abroad, pursue research in Temple’s three-million-volume library system, and take advantage of the many universities and libraries in the area. They explore research opportunities in Washington, DC to the south and New York City to the north, and have at their disposal some of the world’s greatest museums. Students gain valuable experience teaching at Temple and other institutions in the region. They acquire hands-on contact with ancient civilizations as part of Temple summer excavations in Crete and Italy and can study in the Temple Rome “Art and Culture” program. Our graduate students conduct research internationally through competitive fellowships and departmental awards. They work as interns at the Philadelphia Museum and related institutions, including Tyler’s own gallery. They present papers at conferences and curate exhibitions worldwide, organize talks and symposia on campus, and work with faculty in cross-disciplinary reading groups. “Graduate Art History at Tyler is a dynamic opportunity,” says Department Chair Dr. Gerald Silk. “It’s a high quality program, in which students from the United States and abroad study with world-class scholars.” Coursework areas include the Mediterranean and Europe, especially Bronze Age Aegean, Ancient Roman, Medieval, Byzantine and Coptic, Northern and Southern Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern Italy and France, as well as Modern and Contemporary American. Located in an exciting new arts building and part of a leading art school within a diverse research university, the department exposes students to a wide variety of critical methods and approaches. Through instruction, teaching and internships, Tyler Art History graduate students are well prepared for the working world. Recent graduates are employed by Christie’s Auction House, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Philadelphia Museum, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and as faculty at colleges and universities around the globe. The Graduate Art History Organization sponsors activities such as career workshops and guest lectures, often in partnership with other Temple groups. “Our graduate students are an engaged and vibrant cohort,” comments Silk. “They thrive in this robust atmosphere, supported by deeply dedicated faculty.” Art History MA The MA degree provides the preparation for future graduate study or the foundation for arts-related careers. The program consists of 30 graduate credits of coursework, and requires reading competency in two foreign languages, a comprehensive examination, and a thesis that displays original research. Art History PhD The PhD program is intended to prepare students for higher education and curatorial positions or for jobs requiring advanced specialized study. Students learn to conduct original research and to undertake large-scale scholarly projects. Candidacy is granted upon passing written and oral qualifying examinations and acceptance of the dissertation proposal. The degree is awarded after successfully passing the dissertation oral examination and acceptance of the dissertation. ART ADMINISTRATION Graduate students interested in the administration of art collections and related careers combine course work in art history with graduate courses offered through the Fox School of Business and Management. Requirements include a semester-long internship, two language examinations, and a comprehensive examination.


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International Student Requirements:

Please review complete requirements on our website.

Facts & Figures

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30-60

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 625-912 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 18750 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 27360 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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