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Joseph Lupo
School of Art and Design
phone: 304-293-2703

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Joseph Lupo
School of Art and Design
phone: 304-293-2703

Program Details

Program Description

The graduate program in Art History offers a two-year M.A. degree emphasizing independent exploration and interdisciplinary research. The degree provides a foundation in historical and theoretical study of the history of Western Art, from Medieval to Contemporary. The Art Museum of West Virginia University, the Mesaros Galleries in the Creative Arts Center, and the Visiting Lecture program form a crucial link in the course of studies and allow for curatorial opportunities. Internships with regional museums and galleries are possible.

Interdisciplinary courses and study abroad opportunities may be arranged in consultation with faculty. Reading proficiency in one language other than English is required for the completion of the degree and writing and speaking skills necessary to communicate clearly and effectively are required. Completion of the program culminates in the Master’s thesis, which may take a variety of forms within the context of art historical and critical practices.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WVU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design