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Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University

12 months
61180 USD/year
61180 USD/year
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The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University offers programs of instruction in the history, theory, and criticism of art and archaeology. 


These programs are intended to prepare students for careers in scholarship and teaching and in curatorial work and museum administration, as well as for independent research and critical writing. 

Key Features 

  • The Art History and Archaeology department at Columbia University offers one of the richest graduate programs in the discipline, and students are encouraged to take advantage of its variety of subjects and approaches.

Programme Structure

The MA program includes the following specialties:

  • Ancient Art and Archaeology
  • Art and Architecture of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Art and Architecture of the Lands of Islam
  • East Asian Art and Archaeology
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • History of Western Art
  • History of Photography (pre-1900)
  • Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology
  • South Asian Art and Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    61180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30590 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    61180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30590 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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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