The Graduate Art History Program
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Graduate Program Director: Monika Schmitter
GUIDE to the MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM in
purpose of the Master of Arts Program in Art History is to provide
a course of study for advanced art history students that will
allow them to develop a high degree of professional competence
and a broad foundation for further work in the discipline.
Enrollment in the Program does not exceed 30 students.
There are presently 7 full-time art history faculty on the Amherst
campus. This small size and advantageous student/faculty ratio
give the Program many strengths. Founded in 1969, the M.A. Program
offers the only publicly-funded graduate art history degree in
New England. We prepare students for doctoral study and provide
professional training for many careers, including museum and historical
society work, governmental programs in the arts, the art market,
journalism, and teaching at all levels.
Acceptance in the Program
Applicants to the M.A. Program submit an application
form, two letters of recommendation, transcripts of academic work,
GRE scores and a writing sample. A faculty committee evaluates this information,
giving priority to the candidate’s overall academic background
in the humanities, foreign language competency, letters of recommendation,
and motivation and interest.
All those admitted to the Program should complete
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order
to determine eligibility for financial aid, including work study.
In their first semester students are not normally awarded departmental
assistance, but often receive it for their three subsequent semesters.
Eligible entering students may also receive support through the
Office of Minority Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention.
New Graduate Program Brochure
Please go to the link above (New Graduate Program Brochure) to find out information about the program requirements, resources, Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships.