MA in Art History

Program Overview

The M.A. in Art History at the University of Houston fully immerses the student in the wealth of museums and galleries in the city. We have dedicated year-long fellowships for our graduate students at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Menil Collection, Project Row Houses, and as arts editor of the journal Gulf Coast. These competitive fellowships come with a stipend and the opportunity to do meaningful art historical work at national-level arts institutions while you are a graduate student. 

Other opportunities for internships and object research abound in the city's museum collections, galleries, and artists' studios.

In addition to the dedicated fellowships with stipend, the University of Houston Art History program provides a range of other opportunities for financial support, from scholarships that bring in-state tuition (with one of the most reasonable tuition rates in the nation) to Instructional Assistant positions with substantive salaries, awarded on a competitive basis. We also have a dedicated travel fund to help students do fieldwork and present their work.

Our Carnegie Tier-One (Research 1) faculty are dedicated to a deep mentoring process in art historical research and writing. Students and faculty explore the history of art historical scholarship throughout the first year in a small graduate-only seminar setting. Students coming from art history programs throughout the region and the nation have found the initial mentoring in these seminars to be foundational for their scholarship and their careers. If you are coming from another discipline and want a place to develop significant art historical research and writing skills, these initial seminars in art history research and writing provide you with the opportunity to do so via this close contact with our faculty.

Beyond the first-year research and writing (or Methods) seminars, the student has direct access to our accomplished faculty through individual mentoring, courses, and Instructional Assistantships (alongside a supervising professor). For more information on our faculty, click here.

Through its uniquely wide-ranging and diverse options for coursework and internships, the UH program enables students to pursue a large number of career options. Graduates of the UH Master’s program in art history will be well-prepared to go on to seek the Ph.D. in art history, or, alternatively, to pursue careers not requiring the Ph.D. in art museums, collections, or galleries; in art criticism and writing; or to combine additional credentials for a career in arts librarianship, arts management or art education.

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