Art History and Art Museum Studies, Master of Arts

Fall Admissions Deadline: April 1st
Spring Admissions Deadline: November 15th

The MA in Art History and Art Museum Studies prepares its graduates with the skills and knowledges necessary for careers as art historians and museum professionals. Three graduate tracks of study are available: MA in Art History, MA in Art History with a concentration in Art Museum Studies, and MA in Art History with a concentration in Art Museum Education. Courses build expertise in the history and theory of art; the history, theory, and professional standards of art museums; and the theory and practice of art museum education. The program is global in reach, offering an array of courses in the arts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. During their graduate studies, students also take full advantage New York City’s rich cultural and artistic scene.

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global, engaged, and community-minded: only here at ccny

Named by Artsy as one of the top 15  Art History and Curatorial Master’s programs in the U.S

Research grants from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Wexner Foundation

Graduate Art History Society is an active club that facilitates networking, professional development, and sponsors lectures and museum events


Faculty awards include the College Art Association’s Wyeth Foundation for  American Art Publication Grant and Charles Rufus Morey Book Award

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Student Info

Our MA students come from undergraduate art history and related humanistic disciplines and reflect a diverse, multicultural student body, entering into the program from nearby New York City and from all around the world. Graduates go on to pursue further graduate work as doctoral students and to work as art museum professionals. Alumni of the program include Deborah Willis, the distinguished artist, curator, writer, and educator, and Gonzalo Casals, who has held executive positions at the El Museo del Barrio and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.


Faculty Info

The MA in Art History and Art Museum Studies has an internationally renowned faculty with expertise ranging from Asian Art, African Art, the history of photography, Latin American Art, medieval art and architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Faculty members have received prestigious book awards, fellowships and grants, and demonstrate a strong track record of scholarly publishing in journals and museum catalogs, as well as curatorial endeavors.

Curricular Innovation, Art history

Curricular Innovation

The program offers a balance of art historical inquiry and the exploration of urgent contemporary issues / Graduate students take courses with MFA students, allowing for a mixing of perspectives and practices / Select interdisciplinary course offerings are cross-listed with other departments in the Humanities / The structure of the program allows for flexibility with respect to students’ professional lives / The program is eminently affordable in comparison to comparable MA programs at other universities


Admissions Facts

Total Credits

30 (Art History)
36 (Art Museum Studies Concentration)
36 (Art Museum Education Concentration)

Minimum Language Test Scores: 90+ (TOEFL IBT), 7 (IELTS), 61 (PTE) or 110 (Duolingo) 

The ideal student is anyone interested in Art History who has taken a few art history courses as an undergraduate looking to advance to further research such as Ph.D. program or looking to find employment in Art Museums as curators or educator.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample (10 page Art History paper)
  • Applicants may be asked to appear for a personal interview by the departmental Graduate Committee
  • GRE Required: No

Eligibility: Applicants should have a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in art history (or the equivalent) beyond the introductory level. Applicants may be asked to appear for a personal interview by the department graduate committee.

Program Advisor: Craig Houser,

For more information on the MA Art History concentration, please visit the Program Website.
For more information on the Museum Education concentration, please visit the Program Website


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