M.A. in Art History

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The Master of Arts in Art History program at Kent State University emphasizes obtaining a comprehensive view of world art that examines both the creative expressions of individual artists and the cultures that supported them. Graduate students can specialize in African, Asian, American or European with subthemes ranging from Renaissance patronage to curatorial studies to critical theory. Students learn and grow in a dynamic, challenging, and supportive department. In addition to the eight full-time faculty, visiting professors from departments in cognate fields and from other institutions are invited to present a variety of courses as special topic offerings.  Travel Study trips to New York City and Washington D.C. are offered regularly, as well as opportunities to study abroad in Florence and Paris.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer tuition remission and a stipend
  • Teaching, curatorial and research opportunities
  • Close working relationships with faculty 
  • Opportunities to meet visiting artists, critics, and historians
  • Access to world-class museums and research libraries

Learn more about our Art History faculty

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Gustav Medicus, Division Coordinator, at gmedicus@kent.edu or (330) 672-1364.



Applications must be complete by this date. Applications completed after the deadline will not be reviewed. 

Graduate Admissions

The Master of Arts in Art History program emphasizes obtaining a comprehensive view of world art and specializing in one area for the thesis.  Applicants to the graduate program should have a strong undergraduate record with evidence of course work in the history of global art and knowledge of at least one foreign language.  Experience and demonstrated ability in research and writing are essential.

Program Outline - 26 hours – course work in Art History, 3 hours – elective, 6 hours – ART 67199, M.A. Thesis (35 total)      


  • Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate background in Art History and a 2.75 overall grade point average. Those with grade point averages below 3.0 will be admitted under a conditional admission and be required to maintain a 3.0 in graduate work to continue in the program.
  • All applicants must submit official transcripts from their undergraduate degree, a curriculum vitae, a goals statement, and three letters of recommendation.
  • International students must provide proof of English language proficiency through adequate scores from one of these tests: TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT, MELAB, IELTS, or PTE. See the Art History Program page for more details.


  • You are required to take one course in each of the following areas of Art History:  Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance-Baroque, Modern and Non-Western.  The 3 hours of electives can be a course in Art History or in another discipline.  The two-hour Art History Methods (ARTH 62000) is required.
  • At least one “Graduate Student Only” seminar or special topics course must be taken. Two (2) are recommended. 
  • A candidacy exam must be passed to continue in the program.
  • A reading knowledge of either French, German or other approved foreign language is required.  A language translation exam is administered each semester, and students have three attempts to successfully pass the exam.
  • A written timetable for the completion of the thesis must be submitted within two months of successfully completing the M.A. exam.

MA in Art History Catalog