M.A. Concentration


The M.A. in Art History with a concentration in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies 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 (24 credits)

  • Foundations in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
  • Methods in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
  • Four approved electives
  • 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

During "Research in CHAPS" students work towards and complete an M.A. thesis of approximately 50 pages.  

Language Proficiency

Demonstrating proficiency in a second language is required before graduation. The second language requirement may by fulfilled by either providing evidence of successful completion of two years of language training. beyond the introductory level, or by passing a language exam.  Reading courses are available from the various language departments at the university.  For more information regarding foreign language exams, please visit the Language Institute's website.


  • Applicants must complete and submit the online application form available on the School of Graduate Studies' website.  Please note that a GRE is not required for this program.
  • Applicants must include a personal statement addressing their academic background and their professional goals as they relate to the CHAPS program.
  • At present, financial support in the form of fellowships or grants is not available.


Deadline for Fall admission: January 10th