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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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