Graduate Programs in Art History
Immersive Learning, Hands-On Experience
Our graduate programs prepare students for careers in academia and higher education, museums and galleries, arts leadership and other arts-related professions. We offer two programs leading to the M.A. degree in art history.
The first is a general course of study on the main campus that provides a comprehensive overview of art history while allowing students to pursue specialized research interests.
The second is dedicated to the history of Italian Renaissance art, which requires one semester on the main campus followed by two semesters of coursework in Florence, Italy. Both programs emphasize the development of research, written, and oral communication skills, as well as informed criticism.
Art history graduate students interested in careers in museums, libraries, and archives also have the option to pursue a master’s degree in two other programs: museum studies (College of Visual and Performing Arts) and library and information sciences (iSchool).
M.A. Art History, Main Campus
The M.A. degree in art history provides students with opportunities to expand their expertise in art and visual culture by taking advanced courses on art historical methodology and the art and culture of various world traditions. In addition to completing this coursework, students produce a capstone research paper, an original work of research submitted as a written paper and presented in a public lecture. Students acquire hands-on professional experience at the Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Archives, and other galleries on and off campus, including the Everson Museum of Art. Our graduates have gone on to earn doctoral degrees at prestigious universities, as well as to successful careers in academia, museums, archives and libraries, galleries and the art market, education, cultural heritage and cultural management.
M.A. Art History, Florence Program in Italian Renaissance Art
While in residence in Florence, art history graduate students encounter Renaissance art and architecture first-hand via their coursework, field study opportunities and interactions with art conservators and local museum directors and staff. They also pursue individual research projects on site and in some of the finest libraries in the world for the study of Italian Renaissance art history, including those at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, the Uffizi Gallery, Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, and the Biblioteca Nazionale. Graduates of this unique program have gone on to earn doctoral degrees at prestigious American and European universities, as well as to successful careers in academia, museums, library sciences, art conservation, the tourism industry, and marketing and architecture, among other professions.
The deadline to apply is January 15. For more information, please visit M.A. Art History, Florence Program in Italian Renaissance Art or contact Professor Sally Cornelison (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art.
Art History & Museum Studies
Graduate students in the main campus art history M.A. program can also pursue an M.A. in the Museum Studies Program (College of Visual and Performing Arts). Combining these programs of study provides students with a foundation in visual culture, art history methodologies, and the theory and practice of museum studies. It also gives students more flexibility on the job market by preparing them students for a wide range of professions in museums, galleries, and related professions.