Master of Arts in Art History


The Master’s Program at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History introduces students to a global history of art by way of close engagement with artworks held in collections throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. In their coursework and independent research projects, students draw on privileged access to public and private collections, outstanding research resources, and the innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives of O’Donnell Institute scholars to explore a broad range of material across geography, chronology and medium, and to build a strong foundation in historiography, theory and professional practices.

The intensive sixteen-month program is designed as a rigorous, immersive experience for the most motivated students, preparing graduates for top doctoral programs or arts careers. The curriculum comprises two Foundations courses (Practices of Art History and History of Materials and Techniques), five Master’s Seminars that explore a body of material or research question that draw on faculty members’ areas of expertise, and a Practicum in which students design and carry out an original project in the form of a scholarly essay, a small exhibition, a collaboration with a practicing artist, a conservation project, archival research or a data-driven art history project. Practicum projects may be carried out in collaboration with partner institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and The Warehouse.

Students pursue their coursework and independent research in close collaboration with mentors at the O’Donnell Institute and its partner institutions, and have the opportunity to participate fully in the intellectual life of a center for advanced research. Each year a selected number of top applicants will receive a fellowship (stipend and tuition waiver) awarded by the admissions committee based on merit and potential.

Program Information

School: School of Arts and Humanities

Program: Art History

MA in Art History Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree with a strong undergraduate foundation in art history or related field, or comparable professional experience.

GPA: 3.6 (especially in upper-division undergraduate work)

Test score required: Yes

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Other application requirements:

For additional requirements, refer to the program website.


Lauren LaRocca
Coordinator of Special Programs
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Office: EODIAH Research Center, M2

Possible Careers

Educator; Art Historian; Museum Professional; Researcher; Collections Manager; Arts Non Profit Professional; and various positions in research or an advanced level of professional practice.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.