MA in Art History: Full-time or Part-time Enrollment

MA students may enroll full-time or part-time. Both full-time and part-time students are required to complete 10 courses (30 points of credit), including 2 sections of the MA thesis course. All students must accumulate 2 Residence Units.

Full-time

Full-time students must have completed all required coursework for the MA degree by the end of their first year and be given a favorable first–year evaluation to continue to the MA thesis stage. The MA thesis must be completed within the second and final year in the program.  

Sample program for full-time students:

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
MA Methods Colloquium

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture or Seminar
Practices of Art History Colloquium

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture or Seminar
MA Thesis I: Research


Lecture or Seminar (optional)
MA Thesis II: Writing


Lecture or Seminar (optional)

Sample program for students enrolled in the dual MA degree program (students are required to complete 14 courses, i.e., 42 points of credit).

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
MA Methods Colloquium


Lecture

Lecture

Lecture or Seminar
Practices of Art History
Colloquium

Lecture

Lecture

Lecture or Seminar
4 courses at Paris 1
Panthéon-Sorbonne

MA Thesis I: Research
MA Thesis II: Writing

Columbia students interested in the dual MA degree program should consult with the MA program director. To be eligible for the exchange, students must be registered full-time and complete the dual MA degree program within two years.

Part-time

Part-time students must have completed all required coursework for the MA degree by the end of their third year and be given a favorable first, second, or third-year evaluation to continue to the MA thesis stage. The MA thesis must be completed no later than the fourth year in the program.

Sample program for part-time students (2-year option):

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
MA Methods Colloquium


Lecture

Lecture
Practices of Art History
Colloquium

Lecture

Lecture or Seminar
MA Thesis I: Research

Lecture or Seminar
MA Thesis II: Writing

Lecture or Seminar

Sample program for part-time students (3-year option):

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
MA Methods Colloquium

Lecture
Practices of Art History Colloquium

Lecture
Lecture


Lecture or Seminar
Lecture


Lecture or Seminar
MA Thesis I: Research MA Thesis II: Writing

Sample program for part-time students (4-year option):

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
MA Methods Colloquium


Lecture
Practices
of Art History Colloquium

Lecture
Lecture or Seminar Lecture or Seminar Lecture or Seminar Lecture or Seminar MA Thesis I: Research MA Thesis II: Writing