History of Art and Architecture Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs emphasize both breadth and depth and are characterized by close working relationships between students and faculty. Our graduate students have gone on to prominent careers in teaching, the museum world, commercial galleries, and art law. With faculty who are leading authorities in their respective fields, the department prides itself on the very high quality of the student experience at all levels.

Joyce Cheng's class visits the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HA&A) is home to a global range of individual faculty research interests in visual and material culture from antiquity to the present day. HA&A is particularly well-known for its focus on the art and architecture of the Pacific Rim, especially the Americas and East Asia. In addition to this regional expertise, the department has faculty research clusters in urbanism and architecture; museum, curatorial, and exhibition studies; and modern and contemporary art.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The Department of the History of Art and Architecture offers a doctoral program (PhD), a master of arts (MA) program, and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in museum studies. The department's free-standing MA program awards a terminal master’s degree. A separate application is required for admission to the PhD program.

Students may apply and be admitted to the PhD program with or without having already completed a master’s degree. Students entering the PhD program with an MA already in hand may petition to waive some coursework requirements to more quickly progress through the PhD curriculum.


The Department of the History of Art and Architecture now offers fully funded PhD fellowships for competitive candidates. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further details.

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Applications to the graduate program are considered once a year for the following fall term. Applications and supporting documents, including Graduate Record Examination scores, must be received by January 15.