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Art History and Archaeology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
The department offers one of the richest graduate programs in the discipline, and students are encouraged to take advantage of its variety of subjects and approaches.


The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers programs of instruction in the history, theory and criticism of art and archaeology. These programs are intended to prepare students for careers in scholarship and teaching and in curatorial work and museum administration as well as for independent research and critical writing.

Students in the P.h.D. program earn the M.A. /M.Phil. and M.Phil. degrees en route to the doctorate. The first year of coursework culminates in the Master's paper and the award of the M.A. degree. The next two years consist of coursework, teaching and curatorial opportunities, and preparation for the M.Phil. oral examination, which is taken by the end of the third year. After being awarded the M.Phil. degree, students of merit may be appointed as Teaching Fellows to teach in the undergraduate Core Curriculum, which involves a highly organized training program and unusual independence as teachers in a small seminar setting.


The resources of the department extend beyond the classroom: the Avery Memorial Architecture and Fine Arts Library, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and the many museums and art galleries of New York offer an incomparable array of world art on permanent and temporary exhibition.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Arts of Africa
  • Ancient Art and Archaeology
  • Near Eastern
  • Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean
  • Greek and Roman
  • East Asian Art and Archaeology
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Ancient
  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Western Medieval
  • Renaissance and Baroque
  • Modern
  • History of Western Art
  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Western Medieval Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • American Art (pre-1914)
  • 19th-Century European Art
  • 20th- and 21st-Century Art (including American Art, post-1914)
  • History of Photography

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Generally applicants are expected to have taken a minimum of four undergraduate courses in art history, archaeology or other fields related to art history.
  •  All applicants should submit a sample of critical or scholarly writing. Interviews are not required as part of the Ph.D. application process..
  • In addition to the requirements listed , all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.) and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of doctoral students' training. Thus, graduate fellowships include teaching and research apprenticeship. Students who have passed their M.Phil. examination and successfully defended their dissertation proposal in the third or fourth year of study are eligible for a Dissertation Fellowship and can begin research on the dissertation.

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