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Art History for Museum Professionals 4+1 (B.A./M.A.)

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​4+1 graduate Michelle Dao interning at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Artin Arkansas. (Photograph courtesy Michelle Dao)

Program Overview

This accelerated program combines the requirements of the Master of Arts in Art History and the certificate in Museum Studies in order to prepare art historians for a variety of art museum careers, such as collections management, museum education, exhibit design and installation, marketing and communications. Requirements for this M.A. program consist of 30 credits of coursework plus 3 internship credits, and satisfactory completion of the foreign language requirement (one language). This program is designed for a 4+1 option only. Students admitted to the program complete all the requirements for the B.A. in Art History prior to the start of their fifth year of study, and should complete the requirements for both the B.A. and the M.A. in five years. Upon successful completion of the 124 credits required for the Art History major, students will be eligible for the B.A. degree. After completing the remaining requirements for the Master’s program, students will be eligible for the M.A. degree. Program requirements are detailed in the 4+1 B.A./M.A. Handbook.

NB: Art History majors interested in curatorial careers are recommended to apply to the curatorial track of the direct Ph.D. program.

​4+1 graduate Michelle Dao interning at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Artin Arkansas. (Photograph courtesy Michelle Dao)

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How to Apply

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To be considered for admission, the application must include: an Unofficial UD Transcript, Current UD overall GPA, a Personal Statement (outlining goals and objectives for pursuing this program), and Writing Sample (a recent scholarly art history paper). In addition, applicants must submit a complete Graduate Course Approval Form for 4+1 Admission Application and an Art History 4+1 Program Supplemental Document, listing all the Art History and Architectural History courses taken, the average in those courses, language proficiency, and the names of three references who can submit Letters of Recommendation on the applicant's behalf. The Department will directly request letters from the recommenders listed in this form.

Financial Aid

Students seeking a M.A. in Art History for Museum Professionals are not eligible for University Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships.

4+1 Program Guide

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  • Department of Art History
  • University of Delaware
  • 318 Old College
  • Newark, DE 19716 USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8415
  • arthistory@udel.edu