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Art History Graduate Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art History prepares students for successful careers in academia, art and culture institutions, gallery or museum administration, and teaching. 

M.A. in Art History

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art History is a two year, 30 credit program of study that allows student scholars to pursue in-depth knowledge and research in the following areas:  

  • Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture
  • 18th-century to Contemporary European art and architecture
  • American art and architecture
  • Modern Chinese art
  • Photographic and film history

Upon entering the program, students take a proficiency exam to establish their knowledge of art history. Before completing the program, students complete a foreign language examination and write and defend a Master's thesis or project.

Courses for Degree
Curriculum and Requirements
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Core Faculty

Lydia Brandt, Ph.D.
Lana Burgess, Ph.D.
Peter Chametzky, Ph.D.
Brad Collins, Ph.D.
Susan Felleman, Ph.D.
Andrew Graciano, Ph.D.
Anna Swartwood House, Ph.D. 
Amanda Wangwright, Ph.D. 


Accelerated Master's Track in Art History

Earn graduate degree credit while enrolled as an undergraduate

If you are a current undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina and have 90 credits and a 3.4 GPA, you may be able to take up to 12 credits towards a Master's degree while you’re still an undergraduate student. Participating in the accelerated Master's program is a separate process from applying to graduate school, and it does not guarantee admission to graduate school. However, accelerated Master’s students who apply to graduate school at UofSC and are accepted are able to start the M.A. in Art History with up to 12 credits already completed. These students complete their graduate coursework earlier, saving time and tuition.

Students who are interested in the accelerated Master’s track in art history should speak to their undergraduate advisor. 

Museum Management Certificate

Graduate students are eligible to pursue the Museum Management Certificate through the McKissick Museum while enrolled in a graduate program. This 18-credit certificate program is directed by Faculty Curator and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies Dr. Lana Burgess.  Students in the certificate program complete courses in museum and collections management, curatorial practice, and complete an internship.  

Learn more about the Museum Management Certificate.


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