Master’s degree students must successfully complete 27 credit hours (9 courses). 15 of these credits (5 courses) must be seminars in art history, two of which must be the core Graduate Methodology course (HAA 2005 ) and the Historiography (HAA 2007 ) course. Another 3 credits (1 course) must be completed in art history, and 3 credits (1 course) must be fulfilled in a cognate course outside art history. The remaining credits may be used to fulfill MA paper and PhD requirements in a combination of independent studies (independent study courses do not count towards the 27 credits required for the MA degree) and relevant classes. Six credits (2 courses) may be transferred from another approved graduate program.
Certified competence in one second language relevant to the student’s program of research is required for the awarding of the MA degree. Students must demonstrate such competence by passing a department exam or by providing other verification within the first term of residence. Certified competence in two second languages is required for the PhD and must be demonstrated before the student is admitted to candidacy.
The MA Paper
The final requirement for the MA degree is an original research paper, typically 25 to 30 pages in length, produced under the supervision of two faculty readers and deemed satisfactory by a majority vote of the full faculty in residence. The MA paper is usually a substantially revised version of a paper produced in a research seminar. It must be submitted no later than November 1 or January 15 of the term in which the degree is expected.