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Students in Professor Louise Siddons’s course on Native American Art with Christina E. Burke, Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, at the Philbrook Downtown in Tulsa, OK. Image: Chasing Infinity by Thomas "Breeze" Marcus (Tohono O’odham (Papago)/Ponca), 2015.

The M.A. Program in Art History at OSU differs from most traditional art history programs through its singular focus on intercultural connections, globalism and transnationalism. The program includes a broad geo-cultural spectrum with five full-time faculty members who specialize in the art of the Americas, Europe and Asia.

The program’s orientation, as well as its temporal and geographic breadth, provides exemplary preparation for M.A. candidates entering Ph.D. programs both nationally and within the state. We also anticipate our graduates will have a competitive edge in a variety of other professions, including those affiliated with museums, galleries, libraries, visual resources management, and arts administration.

The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, a thesis, and a defense. Students will select two geographic areas of concentration within the five currently offered in the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History, one to be the major area and the other the minor (the current areas are Europe, United States, Latin America, East Asia (China and Japan), and the Middle East/Islamic World). A selection of courses, both lecture and seminar, will be taken in these areas. At least one course outside the department will be in the major area. Generally, the master’s thesis will relate to the cultural connections between the major and minor areas.

Sample Graduate Courses:

Graduate seminars:
• The Art of the Crusades: Multiculturalism in the Medieval World
• Art East and West: Perceptions, Biases and Borrowings
• Modernity and Pan-Asianism in Asia
• Miraculous Landscapes: Art and Pilgrimage in Latin America
• The American Southwest
• Theory and Methodology

Graduate lecture courses:
• Art of Conversion: Sixteenth-Century Art and Architecture in the New World
• Art since 1960
• Contemporary East Asian Art
• Gender and Visual Culture
• History of Chinese Art
• History of Indian Art
• History of Japanese Art
• Islamic Art and Architecture
• The Frontier and American Visual Culture
• Re-inventing China: Chinese art in the 20th Century
• Architecture and Space in E. Asia

Contact Information:

Graduate Coordinator
Shaoqian Zhang
Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History
108 Bartlett Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-6016

Application Information:

You may download and view our MA Guidelines.

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is February 15, 2020.
All applicants must complete the online application to be found at

The online application will require the following:
· the submission of transcripts
· a statement of purpose
· a writing sample (5-10 pages; an excerpt from a longer work is acceptable)
· contact information for three recommendation letter writers
· application fee
· for international students, TOEFL scores or IELTS scores
· if you are interested in being considered for an assistantship, you should also be prepared to submit a resume, work history, and work-related references.


Five undergraduate courses in art history are required and foreign language experience is recommended. While many applicants will have majored in art history, the M.A. program welcomes applications from graduates with bachelor¹s degrees in other fields. M.A. students may take prerequisites during the program; however, they will not count toward the 30 hours required for graduation.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships/ Graduate Research Assistantships:

New applicants to the M.A. program should submit their assistantship application materials with their online application to the program.

The MA program in Art History offers up to four halftime (50% FTE) graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) each year. These are available on a competitive basis and may be awarded to incoming graduate students and current graduate students in the program.

In addition, graduate assistantships (GRA) are also sometimes available. Students may work with the curatorial, education, and exhibitions staff at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. and the other will work with Department Head Rebecca Brienen on a special research project related to Doel Reed and a planned exhibition at the OSU Museum of Art.

Assistantship Details:

Graduate Assistantships in Art History are 50% FTE (20 hours/week) appointments for one academic year (nine months), and include a stipend, single-person health insurance (through the summer), and a tuition waiver. Students must reapply to receive a second year of support. For details about the GTA stipend, see the information provided by the Graduate College.

Assistantship Requirements and Duties:

*20 hours/week
*Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits of eligible courses each semester

Art History GTAs will be teaching assistants for a variety of undergraduate Art History lecture courses. Their duties may include grading and exam preparation, leading discussion sections, occasional lectures, and meetings with students. GTAs must also attend the bi-weekly  a teaching workshop run by the Art History faculty over the course of the fall semester.

In addition, graduate assistantships (GRA) are also sometimes available, working either with faculty or with staff at the OSU Museum of Art.