Academic Programs

MA program in Art History Admissions

Two students pose with their academic awards.
Amy Smoot (studio art) and Rebekah James (art history) received awards for Outstanding Graduate Student on Honors Day 2019.

The MA in art history is a joint degree program with The University of Alabama at Birmingham. You can enter the art history degree program through application to either university.

Applicants to the graduate MA program in art history must satisfy admission policies established by the Graduate School of The University of Alabama, including a minimum score of 300 on the revised GRE graduate record exam. Applicants should have completed 24 undergraduate hours in art history or related courses with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade point average of 3.5 in all art history coursework. A BA degree in art history is not a requirement for admission. Students with fewer than the minimum required number of hours in art history are eligible for admission on the condition that they make up any deficiency in the first semester of their graduate career.

Graduate Application Materials and Deadline

Completed applications for fall admission are due April 15.  Students who wish to be considered for competitive funding packages are strongly encouraged to submit their applications in early January.

All application materials — including transcripts of all academic work completed, GRE scores, a writing sample and a statement of purpose, along with three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant’s academic accomplishments and able to comment on the applicant’s suitability for graduate study — should be submitted to the UA Graduate School. The Graduate School’s website includes an online application and downloadable forms.

Art history graduate student Morgan Heard presenting thesis research at SECAC, Birmingham, 2018
Art history graduate student Morgan Heard presenting thesis research at SECAC, Birmingham, 2018. Photo courtesy Rachel Stephens.

For more information about admission to the graduate program in art history, contact Dr. Lucy Curzon, Director of Graduate Studies, Art History, lcurzon@ua.edu.

Assistantships and Admission Status

Conditionally admitted students, those on probation, and those in non-degree status may not hold assistantships without special permission of the dean of the UA Graduate School.

All graduate assistants must be full-time students. However, “full-time” means from 6 to 12 hours of graduate work, depending upon the obligations of the assistantship. Minimum full-time enrollment loads for graduate assistants vary with the FTE of their awards. Maximum course loads are also recommended for each FTE level. The following table illustrates these limits. Any exceptions to these limits must be approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the dean of the UA Graduate School.

Financial Support

Incoming graduate students should contact our director of graduate studies Dr. Lucy Curzon about scholarships and assistantships for graduate study.

FTE Level Minimum Hours Req Maximum Hours
0.50 (20 hours) 6 9
0.25 (10 hours) 9 12

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