M.A. On Campus

Art History

The University of Iowa

12 months
31905 USD/year
31905 USD/year
9942 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA and the PhD in Art History offered by The University of Iowa are awarded by the Graduate College. The MA is offered with or without a thesis.


About Art History at The University of Iowa

The School of Art and Art History provides a creative, multidisciplinary environment for students of the studio arts and the history of art. Established in 1936, the school is firmly grounded in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It encourages interaction among its diverse faculty as well as collaboration with related disciplines across campus.

Iowa's art and art history graduates enjoy success as practicing professional artists, professors of art history, teachers, museum directors and curators, theater designers, commercial designers, and art administrators.


Many art and art history graduates pursue careers that match their degree specializations, such as commercial or graphic designer, conservation or museum curator or administrator, art educator, public artist, gallery and museum administration, art appraisal, and restoration, or community art center coordinator or instructor.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Art and Visual Culture
  • Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives
  • Buyer Beware! Fakes, Thefts, and the Global Art Market
  • Themes in Global Art
  • Arts of Africa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants)
  • A 1,000-word statement of purpose
  • A research paper (preferably from an art history course) or thesis
  • CV/Resume
  • Supplemental Information Form
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment.
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31905 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31905 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31905 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31905 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9942 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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