Art History, M.A.

Academic Preparation
Professional Preparation

Admission Requirements
M.A. Art History Procedures Manual – an update is in progress
M.A. Art History THECB Marketable Skills
Contact Information

Academic Preparation

The M.A. in Art History prepares students to excel in academic, museum, and other careers in the arts and humanities. Students develop an enhanced understanding of past and contemporary visual art forms, in-depth knowledge of art history methodologies, and advanced skills in art history research. Graduates critically analyze and apply different theories and methods to investigate artworks, images from visual culture, or other related materials. They furthermore design, implement and defend original research of relevance to the area of specialization.

Coursework for the M.A. in Art History consists of 30 semester credit hours and is completed in two years. The program includes 15 to 21 hours in graduate art history seminars, an optional six-credit-hour minor, a seminar in research methods, and a six-credit-hour original research project. Students additionally complete a Research Project Colloquium presentation of the proposed original research and demonstrate proficiency in foreign language sufficient to engage in primary source investigation.

Faculty provide supervision and mentorship in the following areas for graduate study.

  • Visual and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East
  • Visual and material culture of South Asia
  • Art of the Americas from the 16th Century to today
  • European art from the 18th Century to today
  • Modern and contemporary Arab art and art of the Middle East
  • Architecture and design history in the U.S. and Europe from 1800 to today
  • Historiography, methodology, and theory of art, design, and visual culture since 1900

Within these areas, students work with an array of faculty whose interests and expertise intersect on aspects of colonialism, postcolonialism, geography, ritual and spatial analysis, race, gender, and sexuality. Faculty members explore, contextualize and challenge hegemonic frameworks that have shaped (and continue to shape) the study of art.

Recent M.A. students and their projects include the following.

  • Natalie Howlett, 2022, “L’Attitude of Liminality: Henri-Pierre Danloux’s Mademoiselle Rosalie Duthé
  • Cassandra Leon, 2023, “Ethically Addressing Orphaned Objects in Museum Collections: Problems of Provenance at the Getty Villa”
  • Lydia Moore, 2022, “Reconstructing Narrative at the 1907 Society of Arts and Crafts Boston Exhibition: Status and Education in Display Script”
  • Katherine Santos, 2023, “Indigenizing an Academic Fashion Archive: A Case Study of Three Artifacts in the Texas Fashion Collection”
  • Callie Storie, 2022, "'I wonder in whose possession it is now’: Palestinian-Arab Middle-Class Cultural Practices and The Sakakini Family’s Missing Art Collection"  

Professional Preparation

Pairing the M.A. in Art History with a graduate academic certificate prepares students for careers in museums, galleries, and other arts organizations. Certificate study is undertaken simultaneously with the M.A. in Art History, providing additional professional training and complementing academic preparation.

The following certificates can be paired with the M.A. in Art History for added professional preparation.

Art Museum Education: The graduate academic certificate in art museum education in the CVAD Department of Art Education is intended to provide professional training for post-baccalaureate students who desire careers in areas of art museum education or expertise in the use of art museums as educational resources. Those who complete the program will possess the skills to develop and implement education programs for art museum audiences of varied ages and backgrounds. The program consists of 18 credit hours, which includes a six-credit-hour museum internship. View the video about Museum Education for more information.

Archival Management: The graduate academic certificate in archival management in the College of Information provides students with the theoretical and practical background necessary to undertake careers in various archival settings such as corporate archives, government archives, museums, and other collecting repositories. The program comprises 15 Archives and Manuscripts and Digital Curation course credit hours.

Digital Content Management: Perfect for those interested in the care and curation of digital images and objects, the digital content management graduate academic certificate in the College of Information prepares students to meet the challenges of managing the life cycle of digital assets, including digital images. The four required courses provide theoretical foundations and conceptual tools through structured learning experiences and supervised class projects. Students learn the basic knowledge and technical skills necessary to manage digital content, build applications, and develop services that respond to institutional and individual user needs.

Digital Curation and Data Management: The graduate academic certificate in digital curation and data management in the College of Information prepares students with knowledge and skills for the emerging digital curation and data management workforce. The curriculum provides the conceptual foundation and application experiences to develop a defined set of competencies to perform essential job functions involving management, curation, preservation, and stewardship of digital data and information. The four required courses provide students with hands-on experiences with technologies and applications in a virtual lab setting.

Interactive and Virtual Digital Communication: Ideal for museum and gallery social media coordinators, the graduate academic certificate in interactive and virtual digital communication in the Mayborn School of Journalism trains students in the most up-to-date written, visual and technical competencies required to communicate in today’s online and information world successfully. The graduate academic certificate in interactive and virtual digital communication requires 18 hours.  

Funding Information

Fall Academic Achievement Scholarship

The Academic Achievement Scholarship is a one-year, $1,000 tuition scholarship that begins only during the fall semester. International or non-resident recipients may be eligible to pay Texas resident tuition during the scholarship's terms. If all scholarship requirements are met during year one of the award, the student will automatically receive a one-year renewal of the scholarship, pending the availability of funds.

Teaching Assistantship

Full-time students in the M.A. in Art History program are eligible to serve as Teaching Assistants in the CVAD Department of Art History, the UNT Art Gallery, the Texas Fashion Collection, and elsewhere within the college. The Department of Art History can offer quarter-time appointments of 10 hours/week and half-time appointments of 20 hours/week. Employment is predicated on full-time graduate enrollment in 9 hours of coursework each semester, progress toward the degree, and good academic standing.

Exemplary students with a half-time TA appointment can receive a tuition waiver for 6 hours of coursework per semester through the Toulouse Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Plan.

There are many scholarship opportunities at CVAD and UNT. Explore your options by visiting the following web pages.

Admission Requirements to the M.A. with a major in Art History 

Domestic and international applications for the M.A. in Art History are considered for fall and spring starts. Application deadlines to be considered for admission, scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are Feb. 1 for a fall start date and Oct. 1 for a spring start date. Begin your application well before the deadline for the desired semester start date. All materials must be received by the respective deadline for consideration.

GRE Requirement

GRE scores are not required.

GPA Requirements

A minimum 3.00 GPA in the undergraduate degree is required for admission to the M.A. in Art History.

Required Degree

The art history faculty welcomes applications from students with degrees in art history and related disciplines. Faculty perform a holistic review of the application and consider coursework successfully completed in the humanities. However, to ensure that students have the academic skills and knowledge upon which graduate coursework in art history builds, the faculty strongly recommends that students demonstrate success with a “B” or better in at least 21 undergraduate semester hours of art history coursework.

How to Apply

Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for step-by-step instructions on the application process. This will include details on how to submit materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation and other items.

Supplemental Document Tips

  1. Letter of intent. In this 500- to 750-word essay, describe your goals in pursuing an M.A. in Art History at UNT. Applicants must identify specific Art History faculty members who can potentially serve as major professors for the M.A. research project. Applicants must have research interests that intersect with faculty specializations.
    • Please contact the Department chair if you have questions about the faculty and our areas of expertise. 
  2. Letters of recommendation. Two letters are required and should come from faculty members who can speak to your potential for success in a graduate-level art history program. They must be on university letterhead.
  3. Professional resume. This should list all relevant work experience, affiliations, etc.
  4.  Writing sample. A recent research paper of 3,000 to 4,500 words is best. If you do not have a research paper in art history, you may submit a research paper from a related field. 

Program Manual

A program manual — currently under revision — summarizes the Master of Arts, Art History Program. We intend that you use the procedures outlined to plan and fulfill all requirements for the M.A. degree in Art History. Please contact the Department of Art History,, for your copy of the program manual.

In addition to this manual, you must obtain and carefully read the current UNT Graduate Catalog, as you are also subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the catalog. However, you, the student, are responsible for meeting all CVAD and UNT requirements for the M.A. in Art History degree.

THECB Marketable Skills for the M.A. Degree in Art History 

Contact Information

Department of Art History
Art Building, Room 230