Graduate Program

Note: For graduate application information, including instructions for domestic and foreign students, information on tuition and other expenses, and application forms, see the Graduate Admissions website. There is specific information on Admissions for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and an on-line application.

Graduate Degree Program in the History of Art

The graduate programs is designed to give students a systematic knowledge of the history of European art and an understanding of the methods of art-historical research. The program emphasizes close working relationships among students and faculty in seminars and acquaintance with the outstanding art treasures in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Students have access to such research facilities as the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery) and Dumbarton Oaks.

Admission and Financial Aid
Applicants for the Ph.D. program in the history of art must complete the general University requirements and must also submit a recent paper, preferably in the area of their special interest. The department requires students to take the Graduate Record Examination. Applications must be completed before January 16. To maintain close student-faculty relationships and the greatest flexibility in developing individual curricula, the department strictly limits the number of students it admits each year.

Financial assistance is provided in the form of tuition grants, fellowships, teaching assistantships, and grants for research abroad. In addition, the department awards the Adolf Katzenellenbogen Prize each year to support a graduate student research project. Students can also apply for Singleton funds for dissertation research in Europe.

Requirements for the in-process M.A. Degree
There is no terminal M.A. program; graduate students accepted into the Ph.D. program with a B.A. qualify for an M.A. upon completion of two semesters of coursework (6 courses) and completion of language requirements.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
A student who has received the M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins or another institution may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Acceptance requires the approval of the instructors in the areas chosen by the student as major and minor fields; in the case of transfer students, acceptance may be provisional. Unless they can present acceptable language certificates, students entering directly into the Ph.D. program will be required to pass language examinations in both German and French during the first term.

Students usually take one and one-half years beyond the M.A. to complete course requirements for the Ph.D., but may take up to five terms. In discussions with major and minor field advisers, the Ph.D. student develops areas of concentration and courses of study to suit his/her needs and interests. The art history faculty encourages students to take full advantage of offerings in other departments, and students may, if they choose, develop a minor field in another discipline. Every Ph.D. student is expected to gain classroom experience by serving as a teaching assistant for at least one term.

After they have completed their course work, students must pass an examination in their major and minor fields and must submit a dissertation proposal to be approved by the department. When a student has completed the dissertation, he or she is examined by a Graduate Board appointed by the dean.

For further information on graduate study,
contact the Department of the History of Art.