Choosing an Art History Master's Program
According to PhDs.org, a website that tracks all things graduate school, there are 108 master's programs in the history of art, architecture and archeology in the United States. While it is sometimes convenient to use popular rankings as a basis for deciding what graduate programs to apply to, these rankings may not help you find the best program for you. Also in some cases like in art history, there may not be a popular ranking out there to use. When choosing graduate programs in art history, it is important to do your background research first.
The best thing to do is to create your own ranking using appropriate tools and criteria that are important to you. These may include such things as location, program size, tuition rate, availability of financial aid and scholarships, a particular sub-specialty and research topic, diversity, and student resources.
For example using PhDs.org's personal ranking system, I created a ranking for the top art history graduate schools based on high scores from the National Research Council, faculty research productivity, availability of student resources in the form of professional development and individual work spaces, and student outcomes in terms of help with getting jobs and general career development. Using these criteria, here are the top 10 art history graduate programs:
- 1. University of California-Berkeley
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 3. Harvard University
- 3. University of Chicago
- 3. Yale University
- 3. University of Pennsylvania
- 7. Brown University
- 8. Northwestern University
- 8. The University of Texas at Austin