Home to nine faculty members with specialties that range from Classical Antiquity to Contemporary Visual Culture, the Art History area is committed to training students broadly while developing significant depth in the student’s field of choice. To that end, graduate-level coursework in Art History is divided between small, advanced lecture courses and intimate seminars on highly specialized topics. Taken as a whole, these courses, when coupled with a required course in historiography and methods, aim to develop specialized skills required by the discipline of art history.

MA Degree

Graduate students in the History of Art benefit from the area’s close ties to the Georgia Museum of Art and the nearby resources of the High Museum and the Contemporary in Atlanta. They also take advantage of significant programming on campus, including a student-run lecture series that brings several outstanding art historians to campus each year. In addition, students benefit from a wide variety of activities organized by students and faculty in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, most notably the Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series.
Students graduating with an MA degree in Art History routinely procure jobs at museums and galleries and have gone on to pursue PhDs at some of the finest programs in the country, including Princeton University and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.


The School of Art offers generous, merit-based assistantships, as well as scholarships, tuition wavers, and research funds and is committed to a diverse student body. 85% of our MA students are fully funded, and most students receive some form of financial support. 
To enhance their research, graduate students may apply each year for supplemental funding to support participation in conferences and special travel related to thesis research. Sources include the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, the Graduate School, Dodd Scholarships and Awards, and the Art History Area Support Fund. Find more information here.