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Art History

For more than a decade and a half, Binghamton University has pioneered new approaches to art history. The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture aims to:

  • foster innovative teaching and research
  • develop scholars, teachers, museum curators, and planning professionals capable of interpreting the role of art, architecture, visual culture and cultural production in the broadest sense

The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture also offers students the unique opportunity to undertake innovative studies of a cross-disciplinary nature, with a stress on the development of critical theoretical and historical perspectives in relation to the visual arts, photography, architecture, planning and the wider built environment, at local, national and global levels.

Recent doctoral graduates are employed in permanent or postdoctoral positions at such institutions as the University of Pittsburgh, University of Richmond, American University of Beirut, and the University of South Carolina.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in Art History
  • PhD in Art History
  • Combined MA-PhD in Art History

Accelerated Degree: Art History BA + Art History MA (Learn more about Accelerated Degree Programs.)

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission

February 15 (Funding)
Rolling (Regular)

October 15
PhD February 15 (Funding)
Rolling (Regular) 
October 15
Combined MA-PhD February 15 (Funding)
Rolling (Regular) 
October 15

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample, as a PDF file of no more than 30 pages or 8,500 words (it may be an excerpt from a longer piece of writing or MA thesis) to be uploaded along with the application.

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Professor Pam Smart, Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Program in the History and Theory of Art and Architecture Website

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Last Updated: 6/18/15