MA Program in Art History

Master of Arts in Art with a Specialization in Art History

NIU is proud of its established graduate program in Art History, which is led by a diverse faculty with research interests in many areas, including Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American, Modern and Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design.

Recent graduates of the MA program in Art History at NIU have gone on to pursue careers in teaching, curatorial work, and continuing doctoral studies.  The majority of students in the program are funded through fellowships or Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

The proximity of NIU to Chicago provides students with many rich resources for study at world-renowned institutions, such as The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the many research libraries in the area.  During their course of study students often pursue educational internships in archives and museum collections in conjunction with NIU’s interdisciplinary Museum Studies Certificate Program.  Students also regularly work with treasures in the world-renowned Burma Collection, a part of NIU’s Center for Burma Studies.

In addition to the many resources off campus, NIU’s School of Art hosts frequent exhibitions at the Jack Olson Gallery and NIU Art Museum, as well as an array of visiting artists and scholars who present lectures and workshops throughout the year. The Elizabeth Allen Lecture Series brings eminent art historians to campus each semester, linking the creative work of NIU’s own art history faculty and students with that of the most innovative thinkers in the field.  Art History is also expanding its study abroad program with summer courses in Europe and Asia.  In addition, students find many opportunities for travel organized by NIU’s Division of International Programs.

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