Art History Graduate Programs in New York City

Jan 07, 2019

If you are interested in an art history graduate degree, New York City has several institutions from which to choose. Take a look at the programs and admissions criteria for five schools within the city.

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Graduate students in New York City can pursue art history degrees at the master's or PhD levels. Several of the schools offer areas of focus, such as Medieval/Ancient Art.

School Comparison

You can compare the graduate tuition rates for two private universities and three public schools in the city of New York.

Institution Location Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
The New School New York, NY $44,607
The City University of New York (CUNY) City College New York, NY $10,762 (in-state) / $19,632 (out-of-state)
CUNY Graduate School and University Center New York, NY $9,830 (in-state) / $22,200 (out-of-state)
CUNY Hunter College New York, NY $10,758 (in-state) / $19,628 (out-of-state)
Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY $46,956

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

New York City Art History Graduate Programs

The New School

You can earn a Master of Arts in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies at the New School, which is a private, not-for-profit school that's in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. With this program, you will learn about American and European decorative arts from the Renaissance period on. You will need to earn 42 credits in order to graduate. The program can be completed in two years on a full-time basis or three to four years on a part-time basis. You will take courses such as the Survey of Decorative Arts.

The admissions process involves an online application and $50 fee. You will need to supply documents like transcripts, a resume, and a statement of purpose. You have the choice to include your GRE scores and an academic writing sample.

CUNY City College

CUNY City College awards a Master of Arts in Art History that is suitable if you desire to work as an art historian or within an art museum setting. You will choose from the following areas of focus:

  • 30-credit Art History
  • 36-credit Art History with a specialization in Art Museum Education
  • 36-credit Art History with a specialization in Art Museum Studies

It usually takes full-time students two years to complete the program. Each area of focus provides the opportunity to intern in museums and galleries located within the city.

You will need a bachelor's degree, preferably in art history, with at least 3-4 undergraduate courses in the field, in order to apply to the program. You will submit an online application and supporting materials such as official transcripts, a writing sample, and two reference letters.

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

CUNY Graduate School and University Center has a PhD in Art History with specializations in Early Modern Art, Modern Art, African/Native/American/Oceanic/Pre-Columbian Art, and Medieval/Ancient Art. Only about 10 students are accepted to the program each year. The school awards a Graduate Center Fellowship, which is approximately $25,000/year and healthcare, to seven students, and offers tuition-only fellowships to the other three students. You will need to complete 60 credits with a 3.0 GPA, along with a doctoral dissertation.

You should submit an application, transcripts, three recommendation letters, GRE scores from the last five years, a writing sample, and a 2-3 page personal statement.

CUNY Hunter College

You can pursue a Master's in Art History at CUNY Hunter College. The curriculum focuses on Western and Non-Western art. You can enroll on a part-time basis, as classes are held in the late afternoon or evening. You will need to earn 30 credits for graduation, three of which are for your master's thesis. It should be noted that you must complete your degree in four years; however, you can be granted a leave of absence or extension under special circumstances.

You will need a bachelor's degree with an overall 3.0 GPA, as well as 12 credits in art history with a 3.5 GPA. The admissions process consists of a statement of purpose, two recommendation letters, GRE scores of at least 153 for verbal and the top 20% for writing, and a writing sample.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University is a private, not-for-profit school situated in the City of New York that has a Master of Arts in Art History and Archaeology. Available specialties include History of Western Art and History of Photography. You can apply for the PhD program during your first year in the master's program. You will need to complete an application and provide your transcripts, a statement of academic purpose, three recommendation letters, a resume, and GRE scores.

New York City institutions offer a variety of art history graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels. You will need to have taken undergraduate art history courses in order to apply for some of the programs.

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