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Apply to the Combined M.A./Ph.D. Program

The Combined M.A./Ph.D. programs in European & American art and in East Asian art at the University of Kansas seek to provide the student with a broad knowledge of the visual arts in those respective fields while preparing the student for advanced research and concentration in the Ph.D. program.

Combined M.A./Ph.D. applicants will be considered for competitive funding packages, recruitment fellowships, and GTA, GRA, and GA positions. No separate application is required for these funding opportunities.

General Program Requirements 

The M.A. portion of the Combined M.A./Ph.D. program requires a total of 30 hours of graduate work. A maximum of nine of the 30 hours may be taken outside the department with departmental approval. Students are individually advised by a graduate advisor to determine an appropriate program.

European & American M.A. students must take as graduate students at least one art history course numbered 500 or above in three of the following four areas: (1) 400-1400: Europe, the Mediterranean, or Near East, (2) 1300-1700:Europe, the Mediterranean, or Near East, (3) 1700-1900: Europe or America, (4) Post-1900: Europe or America 

East Asian Combined M.A./Ph.D. students should take a balanced distribution of graduate level (500 level or above) courses in Chinese, Korean and Japanese art history.

Combined M.A./Ph.D. European & American program students must take at least six art history seminars, at least two of which must be numbered 800 or above. East Asian program students must take at least five art history seminars, two of which must be numbered 800 or above. Seminars numbered at the 600 and 700 level will be taught as proseminars, that is, classes in which reading, gathering knowledge and critical thinking are emphasized rather than research. Papers are generally shorter. Seminars numbered 800 or 900 will include research and require a long paper.

Please see the Art History Graduate Student Handbook for additional program requirements.


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