The M.A. examination is scheduled twice a year, once in August, and once in March (dates to be announced). The exam itself will consist of a series of essay questions, chosen from a list of six which the student is given one week before the exam. The questions are chosen and graded by an M.A. faculty committee. The purpose of this exam is to test students’ abilities to write cogently about works of art and architecture across a variety of fields in a way that incorporates their history, context, and form.
Ph.D. students petition to waive the M.A. exam, when they apply for candidacy to the Ph.D. track of the program, which should be done by January of the second year.