Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

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This M.A. track is a two-year degree program that emphasizes the development of a broad understanding of heritage contexts and policies along with development of professional skills. It is open as a stand-alone program to students with a bachelor degree or its equivalent. The program welcomes application from interested students in a variety of majors. Students currently enrolled in graduate programs and wishing to pursue cultural heritage issues as a complementary field are also welcome to apply. 

A major focus in this track is practical professional experiences, which includes internship or fieldwork experience with an appropriate cultural institution, firm, or governmental agency. Opportunities are available at local, national and international levels, and reflect the student's area of focus, which is determined at the end of the first year. Areas of focus might include: Architectural Preservation; Landscape and Site Preservation; Collections Management, Cultural Resources Preservation/Management; Museum/Heritage Management, Policy and Ethics. A Master's thesis demonstrating the student's ability to design and carry out a research project of significance to cultural heritage preservation is required for completion of the degree.


Eight required courses plus two internships (30 credits)

  • Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
  • Methods in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
  • Four electives (2 must be CHAPS courses and 1 in art history)
  • Research in CHAPS (taken in fall and spring)


Internship/Field Work Component: 6 credits

  • The internship requirement can be met through the completion of two internships of 80 contact hours (3 credits) each, or a longer internship of 160 contact hours (6 credits).


Thesis Project: 6 credits

A M.A. thesis of approximately 60 pages, that concentrates on an in-depth analysis of an issue in the student’s area of focus, is required. Students can spend up to two semesters working on the thesis, registering for 3 thesis research credits each semester.


Proficiency in one foreign language at intermediate level

The foreign language requirement may by fulfilled by providing evidence of successful completion of two years of a foreign language beyond the introductory level or by passing a language exam in any language useful to the student's area of study. Reading courses are available from the various language departments at the university. The exam should be completed by the end of the student's first year. For more information regarding foreign language exams, please visit the Language Institute's website.



Application to the program is competitive, and made through the Graduate Program of the Department of Art History.

Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available on the School of Graduate Studies' website.

Applicants must include a personal statement addressing their academic background, their professional goals as they relate to CHAPS, and how they expect the program to support them.

At present, financial support in the form of fellowships or grants is not available.


Deadline for Fall admission: March 1st