Art History MA Program

The MA in Art History at the University of Houston provides the graduate student with a firm grounding in the discipline of art history coupled with the riches of major art institutions in a dynamic urban art world. Our program is crafted so that you may take advantage of our rich expertise in researching and writing in art history at the same time that you explore one of the nation's more vibrant, dynamic art worlds. 

Download an M.A. Program Prospectus here.

The M.A. program's ties to Houston's art institutions include courses taught by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Menil Collection curators, dedicated internships with museums, periodic internships and paid opportunities in museums and galleries, and a world of exhibitions in the major art museums (MFAH, Menil, CAMH, and others) as well as a multitude of contemporary galleries and art centers.

Through its uniquely wide-ranging and diverse options for coursework and internships, the UH program enables students to pursue a large number of career options. Graduates of the UH Master’s program in art history will be well-prepared to go on to seek the PhD in art history, or, alternatively, to pursue careers not requiring the PhD in art museums, collections, or galleries; in art criticism and writing; or to combine additional credentials for a career in arts librarianship, arts management or art education.

Our expansive view of art history leads us to seek candidates with a variety of interests and backgrounds. Though applicants must demonstrate an understanding of art historical research and writing practices through a writing sample, an undergraduate degree in Art History is not required.