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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

M.A. in Art History, Main Campus

The main campus M.A. program offers a comprehensive overview of art history and gives students the opportunity to cultivate specialized research interests. The faculty and curriculum prepare students for careers in academia and higher education, museums and galleries, arts leadership, and other arts-related professions.

Students who are accepted into the program are offered various levels of financial support that consist of:

  • Teaching Assistantships (full tuition and a stipend)
  • Full and Partial Tuition Scholarships

Main campus students study with our acclaimed faculty and explore the department’s exciting research areas. Professors work closely with students to create a rich intellectual environment and foster students’ research, writing, and professional skills. Main campus students expand their knowledge of art and visual culture by taking advanced courses on the art and culture of various world traditions, historical periods and art historical methodologies. Students also choose an area of specialization and work closely with a professor on their capstone research project, which results in a scholarly paper, a shorter version of which is presented in a public symposium.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of campus and local resources, including the Syracuse University Art Museum, Syracuse University Libraries Special Collections Research Center and the Everson Art Museum located in downtown Syracuse. These resources provide important avenues for research and offer opportunities for internships and professional experiences. Our students also have the opportunity to curate and co-curate exhibitions for the Syracuse University Art Museum and write wall texts and blog posts for University and local museums and galleries. Upon completion of our program, graduates have gone on to fulfilling and challenging careers in museums, academia, art leadership, arts education and other art-related professions.

For more information about the curriculum for the M.A.in Art History, Main Campus, consult the Course Catalog.

For more information about admissions requirements and how to apply, see Admissions Information.

Please direct any inquiries about the program to Professor Sascha Scott (sscott04@syr.edu), Director of Graduate Studies.

Art History & Museum Studies

Graduate students in the M.A. in Art History, Main Campus Program, can also pursue an M.A. in the Museum Studies Program (College of Visual and Performing Arts). Pursing both degrees allows students to combine advanced courses in art historical methodology and art history with a strong foundation in the theory and practice of museum studies. Combining these programs of study prepares students for a wide range of professions in museums, galleries and related professions.

A separate application for each of these programs must be completed. Each program independently accepts and offers financial support to students. Students follow the general curricula for each M.A. program and earn two separate degrees, one in art history and one in museum studies, that are completed consecutively (i.e. one at a time). Program requirements are partially satisfied with the sharing of two courses for credit in each program, allowing students to complete both degrees in three years.

For more information about the M.A. Program in Art History, Main Campus, contact Professor Sascha Scott (sscott04@syr.edu), Director of Graduate Studies.

For more information about M.A. Program in Museum Studies, contact Professor Andrew Saluti (ajsaluti@syr.edu), Program Coordinator.