Graduate Program

UWM Graduate School
Graduate School Bulletin: General Information
Graduate School Bulletin: Art History Program
Tuition and Fees

Master of Arts

The Department of Art History of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Art History. The program is designed to provide students with a solid academic foundation on which to base a variety of careers in the arts, or to prepare them for Ph.D. level work at other universities.

Course offerings cover the full range of western art, from ancient to contemporary, including film studies and electronic arts. Courses in Pre-Columbian, Asian, Islamic and African art are also offered. Students may design their programs from a wide selection of lectures, colloquia, and seminars, as well as independent study.

Internships in Milwaukee area museums may be taken for course credit and are required for students pursuing Option B: Thesis Exhibition (Certificate in Art Museum Studies). In the past, graduate students have held internships at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Pabst Mansion, and a variety of local galleries.

All students will develop breadth by taking courses in at least four different areas of art history, and all must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one appropriate art-historical language other than English by the time they have completed nine credits of course work. To qualify for graduation, students will produce either a thesis on a scholarly problem or a thesis exhibition with scholarly catalogue. Incoming students are required to take a methodology course in their first semester.

Students must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment. It is expected that a full-time student will normally complete all of the requirements for the degree within two years.


The Department has ample space for all aspects of the program, including a study area and office for Teaching Assistants. Gallery space in Mitchell Hall is available for temporary exhibitions, including shows organized by graduate students in conjunction with courses, seminars or theses. The Art History faculty also cares for a substantial university permanent collection, with special strengths in modern European and American painting, sculpture, and prints, Greek and Russian icons, and eighteenth-century British prints. The Department works with other related institutions including the University's Center for Twentieth-First Century Studies and the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Art History collections in the Golda Meir Library are constantly growing and are supplemented by major research collections in Madison and Chicago. Use of the full resources of the Milwaukee Art Museum, including its Prairie Archives and Hall Collection of folk art, are also available to students, as are the substantial holdings in ancient and non-Western art at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

For more information contact the Graduate Advisor, Derek Counts at

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