Candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete a minimum total of 36 credits (including a master's thesis or paper), divided as follows:
- Art H 551, "Historiography of Art History" (3 credits), to be taken during the student's first fall semester
- 9 credits at the 400-level of which 3 credits must be taken in each of the following three areas of art history:
- African/Asian/Oceania/Pre-Columbian Americas
- 9 credits of 500-level seminars in art history (Art H 551, and 596 may not be used to fulfill this requirement); each seminar in this 9-credit requirement must be taken with a different faculty member.
- 9 additional credits in art history at the 400 or 500 level; with the approval of one's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, 3 credits of this requirement may be a course at the 400 or 500 level outside the Department of Art History
- 6 credits of Art H 600 for a master’s thesis or 6 credits of Art H 596 for a master’s paper. Art H 596 may only be used by a master’s candidate for a master’s paper; all other individual studies at the master’s level should use Art H 496.