Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway
College: The Arts
Department: School of Art and Art History
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Other Resources: www.art.usf.edu
The M.A. program in Art History provides students with training in art history, theory, and methods to prepare them for careers in art collections, education, and cultural institutions, and for further graduate study at the Ph.D. level. Courses are offered in art from antiquity to the present. We see art history as an integral part of social and cultural history in a global context and our classes are interdisciplinary in scope. The major is unique in featuring small, intensive seminar-style courses. Students receive individual attention from an active, award-winning research faculty, who expose students to the most recent approaches in the field. Course work can be supplemented by international travel and study-abroad programs sponsored by the School of Art and Art History. The Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio Institute for Research in Art and the Kennedy Family Visiting Artist/Scholar program are all valuable resources contributing to course content, study and possible internship opportunities in the program.
The degree provides an excellent foundation in graduate level art-historical analysis, research, and writing, an outstanding springboard for either continuing graduate studies (Ph.D.) to become a university professor, or professional work in a variety of arts fields including museums, non-profit and commercial galleries, libraries, education and publishing. Some of the positions in the arts held by our graduates include: museum curator, museum registrar, non-profit art gallery director, commercial art gallery director or administrator, museum educator, museum director, art critic, art librarian, visual resources professional, corporate art collection curator, state arts agency administrator, university administrator and program director, art history instructor K-12 and college, and after further graduate work, tenured university professor.
M.A. Art History students are guided by the art history faculty in selecting their area of research after completing a year of graduate study. This major features an endowed chair in modern and contemporary art history.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Major Research Areas:
Ancient, Late Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Contemporary, Islamic.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
For priority consideration: The electronic application and fee payment for USF Graduate Admissions must be completed by January 15 at https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/ Supportive application materials can be submitted online beginning September 30 to January 15 at https://usf.slideroom.com/#/login. All official transcripts must be postmarked by January 15 and sent directly to the School of Art and Art History.
Applications will be accepted to June 1, but submissions after January 15 are less likely to receive scholarships and funding.
- A GRE General Test Score, taken within five years preceding application, is required. Applicants who have graduated from USF with a major in art history in the last five years are exempted from this requirement. Official GRE scores must be sent to USF’s Office of Graduate Admissions by the test administrator
- a research paper dealing directly with Art History or a related discipline (literature, political history, psychology, philosophy or classical studies).
- Three letters of recommendation from people who can professionally assess the applicant’s ability to do scholarly and academic work.
- A short essay of one to two pages explaining the applicant’s research interests and goals for graduate study in art history. A personal interview by the Art History faculty may be requested.
- Admission is competitive. Fulfillment of the above-listed minimal admissions requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All submitted materials of each applicant, including the Research Paper, statement of research goals, and the letters of recommendation, are reviewed by the Art History Faculty to assess academic potential.
Undergraduate Deficiencies in Art History
- Students pursuing graduate studies in Art History, who do not have an undergraduate degree in Art History may be required to take additional classes preliminary to acceptance.
- Exceptions can be granted only with consent of the Art History faculty.
Reading knowledge of the foreign language most relevant for study and research in the student’s area of specialization must be acquired before the end of the second semester of enrollment in the major. Students consult with their advisors to determine the language most appropriate to their scholarly interests. Please see the Academic Advisor for exceptions to this rule.
The student may take appropriate courses in the Department of World Languages. Whenever the courses are available, the student should be encouraged to take one of the special one semester foreign language courses designed for graduate students.
When these courses are not available, the student may take two semesters of a beginning foreign language course. These courses may not be taken pass/fail or audit. In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, the student must receive a letter grade of “B” or better in both courses. Courses taken to fulfill the foreign language requirement can count toward up to eight hours of electives necessary for graduation and the grades in these courses will be computed in the student’s graduate GPA.
Students may elect to take the GSFLT (Office of Graduate Studies Foreign Language Test). The student must achieve a score of 450 or above on the test in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
Students may take a proficiency exam in which they translate, from a foreign language into English, materials relevant to their particular disciplines. The form of these proficiency exams should be devised by the appropriate language professors from either of these two units.
Transfer of Credit
There is no automatic transfer of non-degree seeking student credit or graduate credit earned at other institutions or from other graduate majors in the University towards M.A. degree requirements. The School of Art and Art History has designated a six hour limit on all credit taken as non-degree seeking student status. Any transfer of credit or non-degree seeking student hours to be used toward M.A. degree requirements are only granted after a faculty review at the time the student has been accepted into the M.A. major.