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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Art & Art History

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Programs of Study

Art History BA/MA Dual Degree Program

This very select, accelerated, dual degree program allows advanced undergraduate art history majors to pursue both BA and MA degrees simultaneously, with the option of a museum studies concentration. Admission is by application in spring of the junior year.

To qualify, you need:

  • 2 years of a foreign language completed by end of 4th (senior) year
  • a strong research paper
  • a major GPA of at least 3.5 at time of application
  • at least 5 art history classes completed at time of application
  • 2 letters of recommendation from DU art history faculty

Interested art history majors should speak with undergraduate advisor Scott Montgomery (303-871-3272) or graduate advisor Annabeth Headrick (303-871-3574)

Admission Procedure

  • Request letters of recommendation from 2 DU art history faculty members
  • Submit graduate studies application
    • To waive the application fee, check that you will mail in the fee (do not send in a check).
    • After submitting the application, send an email to [email protected] explaining that you are applying to the 5-year program and request a fee waiver. Also request that the transcript requirement be waived.
    • Submit a research paper (with notes and bibliography, art history preferred)
    • Submit a letter outlining your reasons for graduate study and your professional goals
    • Take the Qualifying Exam with incoming graduate students the week before senior year classes begin. For information on this exam see Graduate Art History Handbook download pdf
    • The GRE is not required for this application.

Using these application materials and its knowledge of the candidate, the graduate art history committee will make a final determination about admission at the beginning of the applicant’s senior year, before any graduate-level course is taken. 

Advising Sheet download pdf

Students admitted to the program take both undergraduate and graduate classes in their fourth year and graduate classes in their fifth, when they also take their comprehensive exam and write their master’s research paper. 

Financial Aid

There are various options for financial aid, depending on a student's undergraduate financial aid package.  The timing for awarding the BA and MA degrees, simultaneously or separately, is also closely tied to financial aid options.  Students should work closely with the Office of Financial Aid and the graduate advisor, Annabeth Headrick  (303-871-3574), to determine a plan most advantageous to them.



Our alumni have gone on to complete PhDs in the following programs:

  • Cornell University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison