Top Schools with Art History Graduate Programs

There are many highly regarded art history departments throughout America that offer master's and Ph.D. degree programs. A few schools also provide graduate-level certificate programs in art history concentrations. The majority of these schools have programs that cover a variety of different art periods and styles.

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Best Graduate Schools for Art History Programs

1. Columbia University in New York, NY

Located in New York City, Columbia University has one of the top ranked graduate history departments in the country. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Columbia in the nation's top ten graduate programs (www.usnews.com).

In Columbia's master's program, students may concentrate in a variety of art history fields other than modern art, which has its own program. Fields include architectural, Italian and Asian. The program typically takes two years to complete and students are required to produce an art history thesis by the end of the program.

Like the master's program, the doctoral program offers a wide range of art history concentrations, from Medieval to photography. After the first year of the Ph.D. program, students work as teaching assistants to gain experience in teaching general undergraduate coursework and core art history courses. Entrance into Columbia's Ph.D. program is highly competitive and the school only accepts 15 new students per year.

Contact Information

  • Address: 826 Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027
  • Phone Number: (212) 854-4505

2. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is ranked fourth among national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2010 list of top national universities. Located in Philadelphia, PA, the school is highly regarded for its art history department, which offers a master's degree and a Ph.D. in art history.

Requirements for Penn's A.M. program include proficiency in both French and German and completion of a thesis in a specific art history topic. Fields of study include Egyptian, Baroque, Asian and American art history.

Doctoral candidates in Penn's Ph.D. program can choose concentrations in a number of fields, including 19th Century, North Renaissance, Islamic and Byzantine. For the second portion of the program, students are expected to serve as undergraduate teachers. Students' dissertations are expected to be completed two to three years following the sixth semester of study.

Contact Information

  • Address: 3405 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Phone Number: (215) 898-8327

List of Top Art History Graduate Schools By Student Enrollment

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
New York University 42,189 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-0600
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,028 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 763-5796
University of California - Los Angeles 38,200 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4321
University of California - Berkeley 35,396 318 Sproul Hall #5900, Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-1405
Harvard University 26,696 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
University of Virginia 24,541 437 Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (434) 924-0311
University of Pennsylvania 24,107 1 College Hall 34th and Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303 (215) 898-6183
Columbia University 23,196 116 St. & Broadway New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-1961
University of Delaware 20,500 234 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716 (302) 831-2000
Cornell University 20,273 143 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853 (607) 255-2000
Johns Hopkins University 19,758 3400 N Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218-2688 (410) 516-8000
Northwestern University 19,291 633 Clark Street Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3308
Stanford University 17,833 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2766
University of Chicago 14,788 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-7369
Duke University 14,060 103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708 (919) 660-7705
Yale University 10,192 New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-1333
Princeton University 7,330 Princeton, NJ 08544 (609) 258-3000
CUNY Graduate School and University Center 5,944 365 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10016-4309 (212) 817-7000
Williams College 2,072 880 Main St. Williamstown, MA 01267 (413) 597-3131
Bryn Mawr College 1,745 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (610) 526-5000
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