PhD Requirements: Entering with a Masters

The Graduate School permits the transfer of a maximum of twenty-four credits from other institutions toward the Ph.D., all of which must be in art history and at the graduate level, with a grade of B or better. After having completed four courses (12 credits) in the Graduate Program of Art History at Rutgers, students should submit an official transcript, in addition to a description of the content and requirements of these courses to the faculty for its approval. The Graduate School does not offer transfer credit for independent study or for thesis research and writing earned at another institution.

In addition, students entering the Rutgers University Graduate Program in Art History with an M. A. degree from another university must successfully complete:

  • Six courses (18 credits minimum)

  • Two foreign language examinations (Students must submit documentation attesting that they passed language examinations as part of their M. A. degree to avoid taking examinations at Rutgers.)

  • One graduate level methods class (Students must submit a transcript attesting that they successfully completed a graduate level methods class another institution)

 

24 credits

Transfer of 8 MA courses

18 credits

6 Rutgers courses

3 credits

Dissertation proposal

3 credits

Study for Qualifying Exam

24 credits

Dissertation Research

 

TOTAL = 72 credit minimum

 

Language Requirement

The Ph.D. degree is granted upon the successful completion of two foreign language examinations. The languages must be useful for the student's field of specialization. Preferably, the examinations will be administered at Rutgers University. If a student wishes to be examined in a language that cannot be evaluated at Rutgers, the student should consult the graduate program director.

For students specializing in western art before 1750, successful completion of language examinations in German and one other language constitutes the usual fulfillment of the language requirement. For students working on topics for which there is another language that is relevant to their work, a different language may be substituted for German, as approved by the student’s primary adviser and the graduate program director. For students specializing in the art of Africa, one language must be an African language.

For students specializing in the art of Asia, successful completion of two foreign language examinations, chosen from Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, Hindi (or any other relevant modern South Asian language, such as Bengali, Gujarati); the second language will be determined by the area of research, i.e. classical Chinese, classical Japanese, Sanskrit, Chinese translation of Buddhist sutras.  A student may take courses in his or her chosen languages at the intermediate level or higher for two semesters and receive a grade of B+ or better to pass the language requirement.

Students entering the program with an M.A. must have a certificate from the institution that granted the M.A. attesting to their proficiency in a foreign language. The student must pass the second proficiency examination within 12 months of first enrollment. If no languages are transferable, the student must pass two language examinations within 12 months of first enrollment.

Course planning worksheet can be found here.

Contact

Laura Weigert, Chair

Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Program Director 

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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