Requirements for the graduate major in art history include eight courses (32 credits), proficiency in one foreign language, and an 8-credit thesis. A minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA must be earned at Purchase College.

Required Courses:

  1. ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History
  2. ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I
  3. ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II
  4. ARH 5—/One course dealing with art before 1950
  5. Four elective courses in art history
  6. ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis I: 4 credits
  7. ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis II: 4 credits

  Museum + Curatorial Studies (M+) Option

Building on the required courses for the MA degree in art history, required courses for students pursuing the Museum + Curatorial Studies (M+) option include, in the first year, Museology (fall semester) and Critical Curatorial Studies (spring semester). In the second year, students’ coursework will be augmented by workshops, on- and off-campus internships, and the development of museum programming and exhibitions culminating in a final symposium.

MA Academic Requirements

A total of 40 credits are required for the MA degree: 32 course credits (eight courses), and the eight-credit Master’s Thesis. Any deficiencies and language courses must be completed in addition to these credits, and a language exam must be passed prior to graduation.

Sample Two-Year Schedule

First Year: 24 credits
 
Fall: 12 credits
ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History 4 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective (two)* 8 credits
   
Spring: 12 credits
ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I: History and Theory of Modern Art 4 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective (two)* 8 credits
   
Second Year:12 credits
Fall: 12 credits
ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art 4 credits
ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis I 4 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective* 4 credits
   
Spring: 8 credits
ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis II 4 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective* 4 credits
* At least one course elective must deal with art before 1950

Sample Three-Year Schedule

First Year: 8-24 credits
 (Note: at least one course per semester is required during the first two years)
 
Fall: 4-12 credits
ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History 4 credits
(Option: ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or two)) (4-8 credits)
   
Spring: 4-12 credits
ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I: History and Theory of Modern Art 4 credits
(Option: ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or two)) (4-8 credits)
   
Second Year: 8-20 credits

(Note: at least one course per semester is required during the first two years)

 
Fall: 4-12 credits
ARH 5326/Master’s Colloquium II: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art 4 credits
(Option: ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or two)) (4-8 credits)
   
Spring: 4-8 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or two) 4-8 credits
   
Third Year: 8-24 credits
Fall: 4-12 credits
ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis I 4 credits
(Option: ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or two)) (4-8 credits)
   
Spring: 4-12 credits
ARH 5992/Master’s Thesis II 4 credits
(Option: ARH 5—/Art History Elective* (one or more, as needed to satisfy total 40-credit requirement ))  (4-8 credits (or more as needed))
* At least one course elective must deal with art before 1950

 MA/MFA Academic Requirements

In most cases, obtaining both an MA in Art History (through the School of Humanities) and an MFA in visual arts (through the School of Art & Design) at Purchase College requires three years of in-residence study with a total course load of 98 credits. For successful progress through the program, a 3.0 (B) GPA must be maintained.

First Year: 32 credits
Fall: 16 credits
VIS 5150/College Pedagogy or Elective 3 credits
VIS 5720/Graduate Studio Critiques I 3 credits
VIS 5760/Graduate Critical Topics I 3 credits
VIS 5801/Independent Graduate Studio I 3 credits
ARH 5101/Proseminar: Method and Theory in Art History* 4 credits
 
 
Spring: 16 credits
VIS 5210/Professional Practices: Artists 3 credits
VIS 5730/Graduate Studio Critiques II 3 credits
VIS 5770/Graduate Critical Topics II 3 credits
VIS 5802/Independent Graduate Studio II 3 credits
ARH 5325/Master’s Colloquium I* 4 credits
*ARH 5325 and 5326 may be taken in either order
 
Second Year: 34 credits
Fall: 16 credits
VIS 5740/Graduate Studio Critiques III 3 credits
VIS 5780/Graduate Critical Topics III 3 credits
VIS 5803/Independent Graduate Studio III 3 credits
ARH 5326 Master’s Colloquium II* 4 credits
Studio Art Elective 3 credits
*ARH 5325 and 5326 may be taken in either order
 
Spring: 18 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Elective 4 credits
VIS 5005/MFA Thesis Tutorial 2 credits
VIS 5220/Professional Practices: Institutions 3 credits
VIS 5750/Graduate Studio Critiques IV 3 credits
VIS 5790/Graduate Critical Topics IV 3 credits
VIS 5804/Graduate Studio Capstone 3 credits
 
Third Year: 32 credits
Fall: 16 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Electives (two) 8 credits
Elective (open) 4 credits
ARH 5990/Master’s Thesis I 4 credits
 
Spring: 16 credits
ARH 5—/Art History Electives (two) 8 credits
Elective (open) 4 credits
ARH 5991/Master’s Thesis II 4 credits