About the Program
The M.A. degree program in Art History is designed to provide students with advanced skills and broad knowledge in the discipline of art history. The faculty is particularly well equipped to guide students with special interests in American, Asian, and European art history. Students who complete the M.A. degree will be prepared for careers in museums, galleries, and educational institutions as well as academically competent to continue their graduate study at the Ph.D. level should they wish to do so.
Time to Degree
36 units; 9 courses
- VS 290A-Art History Theories and Methods
- Two sections of AH 298-Master's Seminar in Art History
- Three sections of VS 295-Graduate Seminar in Visual Studies (with Art History Faculty only)
- Two sections of AH 299-Master's Thesis Research
- One elective graduate seminar
Language Other Than English
Students must complete college-level course work equivalent to UCI's sixth quarter of study (2C level, or for Latin or Greek, one 103 and one 104, or two 103s or 104s) in a language other than English or equivalent competence. The final course must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better.
Students will be conferred the Master's degree in Art History after the successful completion of all coursework, the language requirement, and the Master's Thesis. The Master's Thesis will be approximately twenty pages in length. It will consist of independent research supervised by the Faculty Advisor.
Current UCI undergraduate student status.
Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 in Art History coursework
Applicants who are non-Art History majors must take a minimum of two upper division Art History courses prior to applying to the program.
Note: All applicants must officially apply to the program before they graduate with their B.A. For example, if an applicant is graduating in Fall, they must apply to the program by the Fall Quarter application deadline. Their application will not be accepted if they apply in Winter Quarter.
- Set up an application advising appointment with Kimmy Bao,
- Complete the online application. The link to the application will be sent to the applicant after the application advising appointment.
- Answer the following prompt as part of the online application:
a. Statement of Purpose- What would you like to write your Master's Thesis on? If you're not sure yet, indicate the general area of art history that you plan as the focus of your Master's Thesis. Name one or two Art History Department professors who you feel would be appropriate to serve as your Master's Thesis Advisor.
- Submit the following supplemental application materials via the online application:
b. One letter of recommendation.
The letter of recommendation must be written by an Art History faculty member or faculty member of a related field. It is preferred that applicants ask for a recommendation from the faculty member whom they intend to be their advisor in the program. Students should communicate this intention with the faculty member at the time they ask for the letter of recommendation. The submission of the letter will be managed via the online application system.c. One Writing Sample.
Requirements: Five to ten pages in length. This sample should be academic in nature
and highlight your research and writing abilities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Master's students can complete the program as a full-time or part-time student. To be on part-time status, students must submit a petition to Graduate Division prior to the fee payment deadline for the quarter they wish to begin part-time status. Be sure to contact Kimmy to begin the petition process.
- Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 on any of the following AP exams: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam score as approved.
- Approved courses from other colleges.
- Demonstrated proficiency above the 2C level as determined by UCI Placement Exam results.
- Completion of 2 or more years of high school or college at an institution where the language of instruction was not English (official transcripts must be submitted to UCI).
Partial funding is available to assist with the cost of tuition for the 4+1 M.A. degree. Should you be in need of assistance to self-fund your graduate education, contact the UCI Financial Aid Office to see what kind of financial aid is available to you.