Master of Arts | Art History

Master of Arts in Art History

The art history program at LSU is interdepartmental: the undergraduate program in liberal arts lives within the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and the graduate program and art history faculty live within the College of Art & Design’s School of Art. The MA program prepares students for careers in both academia and the art world by providing exceptional grounding in art from globally diverse cultures and by encouraging students to explore a range of historical strategies, research techniques, and critical theories. We accommodate students seeking a terminal graduate degree and those who plan to continue to a PhD program at another institution.

Read more about the art history program at LSU.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 for the last two years prior to application may be considered adequate. Applicants are expected to have a combined score of at least 290 on the verbal and quantitative (math) portions of the GRE, though students with lower scores are occasionally accepted on probation.

Though not a requirement for admission to the program, applicants who have taken a range of undergraduate courses in art history are highly desirable, as are applicants with reading knowledge of French or German—a reading knowledge of Chinese or Japanese will be especially valuable for students intending to specialize in Asian art.

Application Procedures

The art history program accepts graduate applicants for both fall and spring semesters, but not the summer semester. Application deadlines are March 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the following spring semester.

Students wishing to enter the Master of Arts (MA) in Art History program should apply directly to the LSU Graduate School. Candidates can apply online.

Please direct questions to the graduate school at 225-578-2311.

The following materials are required:

  • Application for admission to the LSU Graduate School, including a narrative statement of purpose
  • Application fee
  • One set of official transcripts for all previous college or university work
  • Appropriate test scores (GRE and, for many international applicants, TOEFL)

In addition to the materials above, at least two but preferably three confidential letters of recommendation written on official letterhead stationery are required. Letters should be sent to the art history graduate coordinator in the LSU School of Art, at