2 years
Aug Jan
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 48,340
Foreign students
USD 48,340
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

George Mason University’s master’s degree in art history prepares students for a variety of arts-related careers in museums, art administration, secondary teaching, and graduate studies at the Ph.D. level. Because it places special emphasis on new media skills, museology, and pre-professional internships, our program is unique to this region.

Our 30-credit curriculum features courses in art historiography and methods, history and new media, the museum, topics-based research seminars, and a colloquium in preparation for the comprehensive exams. Our joint department of History and Art History affords students possibilities for related historical studies and training through the Center for History and New Media. Students may also take elective courses in the History of Decorative Arts M.A. program at the Smithsonian.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Note: Due to admissions deadlines, graduate students are sometimes admitted before conferral of a bachelor’s degree. Students who are awaiting conferral of the degree will be permitted to register for their first semester. However, continuance in any graduate program requires an official transcript which verifies conferral of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Official, original university transcripts and any earned degree certificates sent directly to Mason Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope from all universities attended.
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English, if applicable, and submitted for evaluation to the Mason Office of Admissions. Mason will provide evaluation service free of charge for all international transcripts, however, some programs may request an outside evaluation be completed. Because of volume, more time may be needed to process applications requiring a Mason evaluation. For expedited service, students can submit their documents to a recognized U.S. evaluation service at their own expense. For information on international transcript requirements, go here. 
  • Verification of English language proficiency. Please see English language requirements below.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores, as required by your program sent directly to Mason from the testing agency
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews.