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.

Program Information

School: School of Arts and Humanities

Program: Art History

Catalog page: MA

MA in Art History Fact Sheet

MA in Art History Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: The minimum requirement for admission to any master's degree program at UT Dallas is an earned UT Dallas baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade average of B or better in upper-division (junior and senior level) work in the student's major field and related fields.

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

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: 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.


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