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Art History - Museum Studies

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Art History - Museum Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University is to equip students with requisite knowledge, skills and theoretical foundation to embark on successful careers in academia and/or museums.


About the Program

The Art History - Museum Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a general background in the research methods and teachings of art history and equips students for careers in arts and cultural institutions that require an MA degree. Additionally, this concentration prepares students for the more rigorous research demands of the PhD, which is the required degree for academic and many curatorial careers.

The museum studies concentration

  • requires 5 core classes: art historiography, museum collections, a seminar in art and representation, and two writing seminars
  • includes 2 additional art history seminars, 2 additional museum studies seminars, and a museum internship
  • culminates in submission of a qualifying paper completed in consultation with a faculty advisor

The degree can be completed in 2 years (four semesters)—with full-time enrollment in three semesters and part-time enrollment in the fourth semester. Part-time enrollment is also an option, typically with degree completion in 3 years. Some students, both part-time and full-time opt to enroll in non-required electives either in art history, museum studies, non-profit management, or other departments relevant to a student’s interests and professional goals.

In the first semester, students complete the required course in art historiography and methodology, which provides an essential foundation for embarking upon research relevant to the current state of a chosen area of study. They complete the required museum collections and art & representation seminars in either the first or second year. During the third semester, students enroll in the first required writing seminar, which immerses them in the process of preparing work for scholarly publication (including issues of copyright, publication submissions, and standards for review). In the final semester, they enroll in the second writing seminar to complete a qualifying paper, in consultation with a faculty advisor.

In addition to coursework, students demonstrate the ability to translate art historical literature from a foreign language relevant to their research interests into English.

Through the process of completing coursework, museum internships and research endeavors, students develop a professional portfolio relevant to their career objectives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Museum Collections
  • Historiography and Methodology of Art History
  • Museums and Communities
  • The Museum as Educational Institution
  • Curating Museum Exhibitions
  • Special Topics in Museum Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in art history or in a related field (e.g., history, anthropology, literary studies, religious studies or philosophy)
  • Applicants who have completed at least 18 undergraduate semester credit hours in art history are preferred
  • A statement of purpose, 750-1000 words in length, that briefly recounts applicant’s academic background, describes an avenue of inquiry that the applicant expects to explore, notes applicant’s professional goals beyond graduate study and explains why VCU art history is suited to applicant’s interests
  • A research/writing sample that has a clearly articulated thesis statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from schools where applicant completed course work applied toward the baccalaureate degree
  • A current resume or CV

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 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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