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The University of Minnesota's doctoral program in art history is a linked MA/PhD program that trains scholars who go on to careers in universities, colleges, museums, and other arts institutions throughout the nation and the world. The Department of Art History is an exciting place to ground yourself in the theories and methods of art history, to pursue interdisciplinary work, and to develop a global perspective on the discipline.

Our current faculty and institutional strengths support specialization in the following overlapping fields: art and archaeology of ancient Persia (including Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian Iran); Islamic art (including the medieval Persianate world and the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires); art and archaeology of late antiquity; the global early modern in Europe, the Atlantic world, and South Asia; Italian Baroque art; North American art and visual/material culture; film and photography; and contemporary art and theory.

As a major research university located in a thriving urban center, the University of Minnesota has much to offer students of the visual arts. On campus, the Weisman Art Museum, designed by architect Frank Gehry, features an outstanding teaching collection, stimulating exhibitions, and an active programming schedule. Beyond the University, you will find in the Twin Cities a lively arts community and world-class art institutions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Guthrie Theater.

We are committed to supporting graduate students intellectually, professionally, and financially. The interdisciplinary programming of the Institute for Advanced Study and other campus centers provides many opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues in other fields. You will encounter opportunities to curate exhibitions on campus and in the community and you will enter into a graduate student community that is remarkably active in presenting papers, both nationally and internationally. The Department of Art History's graduate student professionalization workshop meets several times each semester to discuss such topics as teaching methods, journal and book publishing, CV preparation, and the job market outlook. Funding for graduate studies is guaranteed for up to five years, through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships.

All students will earn an 'in-process' MA on their way to the PhD degree, though students with a previous MA in art history may be given credit towards some of their MA coursework requirements. All admitted students receive a five-year funding package consisting of a full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, and annual stipend.

The University of Minnesota does not offer a terminal MA in art history.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.