Master of Arts
The Department of Art History of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Art History. The program is designed to provide students with a solid academic foundation upon which to base a career in the arts or to prepare for PhD-level work at other universities.
Course offerings cover the full range of Western art, from ancient to contemporary, as well as Asian, Islamic, African, and Pre-Columbian art. To qualify for graduation, students will produce either a thesis on a scholarly problem or a thesis exhibition with a scholarly catalogue. Incoming students are required to take a methodology course in their first fall semester. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has earned the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and the Department of Art History plays an integral role in the university’s broader research mission.
Internships in Milwaukee area museums may be taken for course credit and are required for students pursuing the Curatorial Track. Among other local institutions, graduate students have hold internships at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Chipstone Foundation, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Institute of Visual Art (INOVA), the Kohler Foundation, and a variety of local galleries.
All students will develop breadth by taking courses in at least four different areas of art history, and all must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one appropriate art-historical language other than English by the time they have completed nine credits of course work. To qualify for graduation, students will produce either a thesis on a scholarly problem or a thesis exhibition with scholarly catalogue. Incoming students are required to take a methodology course in their first semester.
Students must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment. It is expected that a full-time student will normally complete all of the requirements for the degree within two – three years.