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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Art & Art History

Hampden Center

Programs of Study

MA in Art History with Museum Studies Concentration


  • students work closely with faculty
  • about 10 students accepted per year
  • two year program if full-time
  • part-time students also accepted
  • official partnership with Denver Art Museum (DAM) 
  • Internships in many area museums and collections
  • Curators and other DAM professionals teach their specializations at DU
  • internationally renowned visiting artists, curators and scholars
  • part of vibrant Denver/Boulder arts community 
  • diversity of career options

 Course Requirements: total 56 credits (quarter hours)

  • ARTH 4301 Seminar in Art History Methods (4 credits)
  • ARTH 4302 Research Practicum (4 credits)
  • ARTH 4651 Museum Methods & Principles (4 credits)
  • ARTH 4652 Museum Internship (4 credits)
  • 3 museum studies electives (12 credits)
  • 4 art history electives, including pre-1700 periods and diverse cultures (16 credits)
  • 2 art history topics seminars (8 credits)
  • ARTH 4995 Master’s Research Paper (4 credits) see Guidelines download pdf
  • See Handbook for classes and details (downloads as a pdf)

Other Requirements

  • Qualifying exam taken before first week of classes
  • Reading ability in second language equivalent to two years of college-level classes
  • Advancement to Candidacy
  • Comprehensive Exam taken at the end of coursework and language fulfillment
  • See Handbook for details

Graduate Bulletin
Advising Sheet(PDF)
Internship Form
Master's Research Form 
Continuous Enrollment

Annette Stott is the graduate adviser. She will answer questions for prospective students. 303-871-3278 (local calls), 1-800-876-3323 (toll free)

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Plan a visit

Annual Art History Student Symposium

An annual tradition in the Art History department is the Student AH Symposium, which takes place in the spring.  Eight to ten students are selected to present their research to an audience of their peers and the art history faculty.  Undergraduates and graduates participate, and two students are chosen to represent the department at the annual regional symposium at the Denver Art Museum.


Some recent graduates are working as curators, registrars, collection managers, and museum educators. For specific examples, see a sample of our alumni.