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The University of Missouri has played a prominent role in the teaching of the visual arts in North America since Walter Miller and John Pickard first began lecturing on campus in the 1890s. The graduate degree in Art History and Archaeology is offered by faculty in the Art History Program of the School of Visual Studies and in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Our faculty reflect the widening scope of our discipline with particular strengths in the areas of classical Mediterranean archaeology, medieval art and early modern art, and the art and architecture of modern Europe and the Americas. Current faculty research interests range from early Greece and Rome to modern painting and sculpture. Resources available to faculty and students include the Museum of Art and Archaeology and the extensive collections of Ellis Library.

Degrees Offered

Art History & Archaeology, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 18

Admission to the department on the graduate level is granted yearly to a small number of candidates who hold recognized BA or MA degrees in art history, classical archaeology, classics, or related fields of the humanities and social sciences. In addition to the 3.0 GPA required by the Office of Graduate Studies, the department requires: a GPA of 3.3 in the major field; minimum GRE score (below); and at least three semesters of a single appropriate foreign language (normally German, French or Italian).

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative Analytical
GRE3004.5

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Art History and Archeology Program

All application materials must be submitted directly through the Graduate Studies online application. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic qualifications to undertake graduate work
  • A short statement of the applicant’s professional goals and reasons for applying to do graduate work in art history or archaeology
  • A copy of a recent term paper as a sample of your scholarship and writing
  • Curriculum vitae

Art History & Archaeology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Note: The University is no longer accepting new applications for this program.

About the Ph.D.

In the Doctoral Program, students deepen their exploration of art history or classical archaeology and demonstrate their ability to carry out original scholarship.

The department advises doctoral students in the following areas of study:

  • Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Roman and Late Antique Art and Archaeology
  • Early Medieval Art and Archaeology
  • Late Medieval Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • 18th Century Art
  • 19th Century Art
  • 20-21st Century Art
  • American Art
  • Architectural History

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 18

The department accepts as candidates for the Ph.D. students who have earned an M.A. or its equivalent in art history or classical archaeology, either from the University of Missouri-Columbia or from an institution recognized by the University. An M.A. thesis is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. in both art history and classical archaeology. The Doctoral Program Committee determines the acceptability of work completed elsewhere.

Students completing an M.A. degree in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia who want to continue for the Ph.D. must be accepted for advising by a faculty member who is a member of the doctoral faculty. Such students should submit a statement of purpose and a current CV to the department by the January 18 deadline. After they are accepted for advising, they need to submit a “Change of Program, Degree, Emphasis or Advisor Form” to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Art History and Archeology Program

All application materials must be submitted directly through the Graduate Studies online application. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic qualifications to undertake graduate work
  • A short statement of the applicant’s professional goals and reasons for applying to do graduate work in art history or archaeology
  • A copy of a recent term paper as a sample of your scholarship and writing
  • Curriculum vitae