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Master of Arts in Art History

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Art History will be prepared for entry into a Ph.D. program or the job market.

The UMKC Department of Art and Art History offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a thesis and non-thesis option. The M.A. degree at UMKC provides an excellent preparation for doctoral work, and Art History participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program as well. Degree requirements are structured to give students a thorough background in research methodology, and courses are taught by faculty actively involved in research.

UMKC is fortunate to be adjacent to one of the most comprehensive and distinguished art museums in the country, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Department maintains a close relationship with the museum through joint appointments, curator-taught seminars, student internships and other cooperative programs.

Outside of the classroom, the department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art and local organizations in the vibrant Kansas City arts scene provide internships, networking, entrepreneurial mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions, and enrichment programs supplement course work and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.

Research in Art History is supported by the Miller-Nichols Library at UMKC, the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins, and the Linda Hall Library. Career paths in Art History include work in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.