Dual MA Degree in Art History Between Columbia University and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

The dual MA degree program offers students a unique opportunity to learn from two of the best Art History graduate programs in the world. Students spend one semester at the partner institution during their second year. Columbia students will usually travel in the fall, while Paris 1 students will usually spend the spring at Columbia. During their semester abroad, all students will follow a regular full-course semester and will complete necessary requirements towards the MA thesis.

Upon completion of the program, students earn an MA in Art History or in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, and an MA in Art History from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (spécialité "Histoire de l'Art" or spécialité "Histoire et Politique des Musées et du Patrimoine" or spécialité "Archéologie des périodes historiques"). Building on the Alliance Program's decade-long partnership, this dual MA degree program furthers Columbia University and Université Paris 1's commitment to transnational academic training.

Application Guidelines


The program is open to Columbia University students currently enrolled full-time in the first year of the MA in Art History or the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies.

Paris 1 students: please refer to the UFR03 Histoire de l’art et archéologie website to check your eligibility.

Application Procedure and Timeline for 2021-22

  • Columbia University students must submit their application in person to the Graduate Programs Manager in 826 Schermerhorn Hall, by April 15, 2022.
  • Paris 1 students: Please refer to the UFR03 Histoire de l’art et archéologie website to check the application procedure and timeline

Application Materials for Columbia Students (All documents must be in English)

  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement (500 words maximum) explaining how the program will advance the student's research and career goals. Students should also indicate which professors they would like to meet with while in Paris to discuss their research.
  • Copy of transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • One letter of recommendation from a Columbia professor (to be sent directly by email to the Graduate Programs Manager)
  • Demonstrated language proficiency. Columbia students must demonstrate proficiency in French. To do so, they must pass the DELF (B2 level). For information on the DALF exam, including the exam schedule, please visit Alliance Française. Note that the DALF exam is usually offered only once or twice a year, so please plan ahead.  

Paris 1 students: please refer to the UFR03 Histoire de l’art et archéologie website to check the application materials

Contact and Information

For all inquiries, you may write to ahar-gradinquiry@columbia.edu.

Alliance Program

Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA)