The PhD in history prepares students for careers in college teaching, digital media, publishing, educational administration, public history, and historical research. Students gain expertise in both conventional historical methods and web-based technologies.
The MA in art history draws on departmental strengths in traditional research, the application of new media, and the vast cultural resources of the Washington, DC area. Students study a broad range of art-historical periods, theory, and research methods. The master’s program emphasizes new media skills, museology, and pre-professional internship training.
The MA in the history of decorative arts is offered in partnership with The Smithsonian Associates. It presents students with the challenge of integrating the history of the decorative arts into the study of art history and cultural studies as a whole. Students take courses in decorative arts, material culture, design and designers, and museology.
Students in the MA in history program select an area of specialization in American history, European history, or world history. They choose from one of four concentrations.
Highly qualified undergraduates in any major who have taken at least two 300-level art history courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each may apply to the accelerated master's degree in art history.
Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both bachelor's and master's degrees in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. The BA and MA earned separately require 120 and 30 credits respectively. Well-prepared undergraduates are encouraged to apply when they have completed between 75 and 90 credits.