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Art History MA & PhD

Ringling Museum

The Department of Art History offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in the history and criticism of art. The objective is to prepare the student for a professional career either in academic art history or in one of the related professions, including museums, commercial galleries and publishing.

For more detailed program information, request a copy of the Graduate Handbook through the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Stephanie Leitch.

Admission to the program is made only in the fall semester. Review of applications begins on January 1 and continues throughout the spring semester until all positions are filled. The final application deadline is April 1.

Visit our Student Life pages for information about graduate awards and student organizations.
Visit our Admissions & Finances page for information about the application process, tuition, and financial aid.
All program forms are now available on the Art History Grad Info organization site on Blackboard. If you do not have access to the organization, please email Jean Hudson or Juan Barceló-González to be added.


Fields of Study

Students are guided through the program by the Director of Graduate Studies and an individual advisor chosen during the first year by the student from her/his field of study.  We offer courses in five major Fields of Study:

Opportunities and Support

For information on departmental and university financial support for graduate study, please visit our Admissions & Finances page. Graduate students in Art History at Florida State University also have a variety of opportunities for international studies, internships and sponsored research. For the latest information on upcoming programs abroad, see the current International Programs post on our News page.

Specialized Study in Museum Studies

The Art History department also offers courses that fulfill requirements of the interdisciplinary Museum Studies specialized study program, a supplementary series of courses available to any FSU graduate student interested in a museum career. Specialized Study is one of several options for students interested in museum studies. For an overview of all three options, please visit the Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies page.