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Art History

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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The Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers programs leading to the master of arts and the doctor of philosophy in art history. The Art History program encourages the study of the global history of art, and material and visual culture while investigating works in all media from a wide range of periods and a variety of world cultures.


Our Art History faculty at the University of Wisconsin Madison is comprised of specialists in, to name a few: African and African Diaspora art; American art and architecture; American material culture; contemporary art and theory; Chinese art; curatorial studies; early modern European art; Islamic art and architecture; Japanese art; Medieval European art; print culture; photography, film, and video; vernacular architecture; Victorian art and material culture; and visual studies and critical theory.

Students enjoy close interaction with their mentors and profit from superb resources for interdisciplinary research. Faculty members have international reputations in their specialties, regularly receive prestigious awards, lecture widely, and serve on major professional boards. Graduates of the department teach at the postsecondary level or pursue careers in museum and curatorial professions, private galleries and auction houses, library or archival work, architecture and historical preservation, and conservation.

Learning outcomes

  • Mastery of techniques for visual analysis (examining features such as materials, proportion, light, color, form and narrative structure) of single images and for comparative analysis of multiple images and objects.
  • Advanced proficiency in interpreting images/objects in ways that take into account the historical contexts in which they were produced and received.
  • In-depth knowledge across a range of time and geography to reach an understanding of the ways in which art and its meaning are rooted in culture.
  • Advanced ability to locate and enlist research resources in both print and digital form and assess the strengths and weaknesses of various types of resources.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills necessary to interpret images/objects in ways that consider a variety of theoretical perspectives.
  • Ability to assess and critique complex scholarly arguments and evaluate the strength of the visual and textual evidence presented.
  • Advanced skills in effective and impactful communication in both written and oral form in ways that acknowledge diverse audiences in an increasingly global society.
  • Skills in public engagement such that our students are able to effectively communicate complex ideas to a lay public in written, oral, and digital form in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Art History
  • The Art of Diversity: Race and Representation in the Art and Visual Culture of the United States
  • History of Western Art I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals
  • Visual Cultures
  • Global Arts
  • The Ends of Modernism
  • Practicum in Art History: Bibliography, Historiography, Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • While students may pursue a stand-alone M.A., those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. should apply directly to that program. Admission to either program is offered to applicants who have an outstanding undergraduate record of academic achievement
  • The successful applicant typically presents both a compelling statement of purpose for graduate studies and an advanced research paper
  • To be considered for admission, applicants must have taken the GRE recently (within five years of their application deadline). To be competitive in some subfields, applicants should have training in at least one foreign language
  • Non-native English speakers must present TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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


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