George Mason University’s master’s degree in art history provides thoughtful training in a broad range of art-historical professions, including in museums, arts education, galleries, and auction houses. Students also prepare for graduate studies at the PhD level. Our students particularly benefit from the programs working relationship with the internationally renowned Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and through collaboration students gain digital skills that give them an edge in the job market.
Our students enjoy small seminars led by experts in their fields. Recent courses have included Fakes and Forgeries, The US Civil War and Visual Culture, The Art of British India, Egypt in the Age of Nefertiti, and Transatlantic Encounters in Twentieth-Century European and Latin American Art. Students may take advantage of a dual degree program offered with Arts Management, or integrate a certificate in Digital Public Humanities with their MA. Through Mason’s location and faculty research, the program has close relationships with the Smithsonian Institution and other area museums, including historical sites and house museums in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. These relationships provide our students with opportunities for internships and valuable learning experiences.
Our widely-published faculty conducts research in a broad range of periods and regions, which span Europe, North and South America, Asia, and the Middle East; and we consider a full spectrum of art, artifacts and material culture. Students can expect small classes with personal attention to individual interests and career goals, and the opportunity to get to know and study with one another in a small and collegial environment. Our faculty pride themselves on creativity and invention in the classroom, and take advantage of opportunities for experiential learning, such as learning to curate an actual museum exhibit or using 3-D printing as part of arts education.