Combined BA with a major in Art History/Master of Arts in the field of Art History

The combined BA/MA program offers undergraduate Art History majors excelling in their studies the opportunity to advance to graduate level coursework in their senior year and enter the MA program upon graduation.


The following requirements must be fulfilled while an undergraduate:
1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
2. Required courses in art history – 33 credit hours consisting of a minimum of one course in six of the following seven categories: Ancient, Medieval/Islamic World, Renaissance/Baroque, 18th/19th Century, Modern & Contemporary, Asian, and Pre-Columbian/Latin American/African; an additional course in one of these categories; two Junior/Senior Seminars (which may count towards the distribution requirements); and two electives, which may, with the prior approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, be taken in another department.
3. Required course in fine arts – 3 credit hours of any fine arts course.

During the senior year students must take 9 credits of graduate art history course work (6000 level); these credit hours will count towards the BA degree and the MA degree.

Fall Semester: students must take the art historiography seminar (AH 6258).

Spring Semester: students must take 6 credits of graduate art history course work (proseminar and/or seminar).

Students must receive a grade of B or better in their graduate course work taken while an undergraduate. If they do not, the course(s) will not apply to their MA degree. If B or better, these grades are used when computing their graduate GPA.

After graduating with the BA degree, students must take an additional 27 credit hours of course work at the 6000 level. As many as 6 credits of graduate course work may be completed outside the department with approval of the graduate advisor.

Students must submit one qualifying paper after the completion of 18 credits. Part-time students will submit one qualifying paper at date set in consultation with the graduate advisor. A reading examination in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, or Spanish must be passed upon the completion of the first 9 credits of course work. If a student’s research is in a language other than those listed above, the student may demonstrate proficiency in said language in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Combined Bachelor of Arts with a major in art history/Master of Arts in the field of art history with a concentration in museum training
Prerequisites and requirements are the same as those for the combined Bachelor of Arts with a major in art history/Master of Arts in the field of art history; students include in their course work 6 credits of AH6299, Museum Internship, after completion of 18 credits of art history courses.

View the graduate student handbook for further information.

Note: Once admitted, students should work with the Director of Graduate Studies, Art History on submitting the combined degree credit form.

How to Apply

Deadline: March 1 of junior year
*If a deadline falls on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), or a GW holiday, applications will be accepted the next business day.


  • Application Form
  • Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
  • Writing sample
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three references: Names and contact information, no letters of recommendation are required
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA overall, 3.7 in AH major

Applications should be submitted to:

Director of Graduate Studies, Art History

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Art History Program

Smith Hall of Art 101

801 22nd St. NW

Washington, DC 20052

For more information on the admissions process

please contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Cristin McKnight-Sethi
Director of Graduate Studies: Art History
Assistant Professor of Art History

phone: 202-994-7656
office: Smith Hall 106B