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Degree Requirements

M.A. Degree Requirements (guidelines, effective Spring 2011)

I. Degree Requirements: Plan I (Thesis Option)
A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed, of which 21 must be completed in residence on the Boulder campus. Requirements and regulations include:

  • Theories of Art History (ARTH 6929), must be taken during the first semester. This course may be taken twice for up to 6 credit hours. Visiting Scholars Seminar, must be taken during the second semester when offered. Students are encouraged to repeat this course.
  • At least one 3-credit 5000 or 6000 level course in four of the following areas of art history: Medieval art; Early Modern & Renaissance art; Art of the Americas; Asian art; Modern art; Contemporary art; Critical Theory/Museology. When available, Ancient art may constitute an area.
  • At least one 3-credit 3000 level or above course in a department outside of the Department of Art and Art History which supplements the Major or Minor areas of specialization.

First Year Review.
Language requirement.
Comprehensive Exam.
M.A. Thesis (ARTH 6959): 4-6 credit hours.

II. Degree Requirements: Plan II (Project Option)
Same requirements as above, with the following exceptions:

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours is required
  • The Project replaces the Thesis.

Suggested Sequence for Completion of Degree

Fall semester of entrance to program:
1. ARTH 6929, Theories of Art History
2. Two graduate seminars

Spring semester of entrance to program:
1. ARTH 5929, Visiting Scholars Seminar
2. Two graduate seminars
3. First year review at the end of the semester

Fall semester of 2nd year in program:
1. Comprehensive exam
2. Two graduate seminars
3. One course outside the department (if not fulfilled earlier)

Spring semester of 2nd year in program:
1. Language exam (if not fulfilled earlier)
2. Thesis or Project
3. Thesis Defense