Only current KU undergraduate students are eligible to apply to the Accelerated M.A. program. If you are not a current undergraduate student at KU, please review the M.A., M.A./Ph.D., and Ph.D. program catalog pages.

The Accelerated M.A. program enables qualified KU students to earn both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in art history in 5 years. 12 hours of 500-level-or-above course work in the major completed in Year 4 of study are eligible to count for both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The M.A. degree is completed in Year 5.

The M.A. provides students with a broad and deep knowledge of the visual arts, as well as study of the basic concepts, theories, and methods of the discipline. The M.A. may be pursued as a terminal degree or as preparation for doctoral studies at KU or to apply elsewhere.

Only current KU undergraduate students are eligible to apply to the Accelerated M.A. program. If you are not a current undergraduate student at KU, please review the admission requirements for History of Art’s M.A., M.A./Ph.D., and Ph.D. programs.
 

Application Deadline

Careful course selection and steady progression through the undergraduate career is necessary to ensure all requirements for both the B.A. and M.A. degree may be completed within the 5-year time-frame. All prospective students should discuss their interest in admission to the Accelerated M.A. program with both the Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Academic Advisor no later than the second semester of the student’s Junior year.

Prospective students are eligible to apply to the graduate program in the second semester of their Junior year. The following requirements must be met by this time:

  • Major GPA of at least 3.25 and cumulative GPA of at least 3.00;
  • On track to complete all requirements for a B.A. degree in History of Art from KU by the spring semester of the Senior year
     

Required Application Materials

  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably from professors in the major). You will be asked to enter the names and e-mail addresses for two recommenders while completing the online application. Your recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail requesting their letters when you submit the application. It is not necessary for your recommenders to send hard copies of their letters to the department if they submit their letters electronically.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae 
  • A one-page statement of educational and career objectives
  • A writing sample, preferably from an art history course, 5-10 pages of text not including the bibliography, endnotes, or images following endnotes.
     

Upon review of the Application for Admission, the History of Art Department will notify the student of their eligibility to begin graduate-level coursework. Final admission to the graduate program will be contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of all requirements for the Bachelor’s degree;
  • Grades of B+ or above in all History of Art graduate-level coursework taken during the student’s Senior year
     

An official copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript will be required if final admission is granted. Non-native speakers of English must meet English proficiency requirements as described here http://graduate.ku.edu/english-proficiency-requirements

The course requirements for this accelerated program are fulfilled by a combination of graduate-level courses taken for both undergraduate and graduate credit in Year 4, and graduate credit courses taken in Year 5.  Numerous graduate-level courses are regularly offered that fulfill distribution requirements for both the Bachelor’s and M.A. degrees.

The student must be approved to begin coursework toward the Accelerated Master's prior to enrolling in any 500 level or above courses that are to count for both undergraduate and graduate credit.


Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

1. Foundation Courses9
History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval
History of Western Art : Ancient Through Medieval, Honors
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary, Honors
and either
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
2. Breadth Courses: Complete one course in each of the following six categories. At least two must be completed at the 500 level or above and at least one must be completed at the 700 level or above.
A. Art between 400-1400: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern3
Special Study in Medieval Art: _____
Early Medieval and Romanesque Art
Gothic Art
Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
Late Medieval Art in Italy
Special Study in Medieval Art: _____
Seminar: _____ (Topic must fall within breadth area)
B. Art between 1300-1600: European, Mediterranean, or Near Eastern3
Italian Renaissance Art
Northern European Art from Van Eyck to Brueghel
Special Study in Renaissance Art: _____
Prints and Printmakers
From Court to City: Northern Art
Humanism and Reform: 16th Century Northern European Art
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 15th Century
Renaissance Art in Italy: The 16th Century
Special Study in Renaissance Art: _____
Seminar: _____ (Topic must fall within breadth area)
C. Art between 1600 and 1700: European3
Baroque Art in Europe
Special Study in Baroque Art: _____
Art in the Age of Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer: Northern Baroque
Italian Baroque Art
Southern Baroque Art
Special Study in Baroque Art: _____
Seminar: _____ (Topic must fall within breadth area)
D. Art between 1700 and 1900: European or American3
American Art
Rococo to Realism: Painting in Europe c. 1750-1848
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: 1848-1900
Special Study in 18th/19th-Century European or American Art: _____
Special Study in 18th-19th Century European or American Art: ______
American Art
American Art to 1860: Inventing a Nation
American Art 1860-1900: Gilded Age
Seminar: _____ (Topic must fall within breadth area)
E. Asian Art before 1900:3
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Painting
Japanese Sculpture
F. Art after 19003
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern Korean Art and Culture
History of Photography
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
European Art, 1900-1945
Art From 1945 to the 1980s: Modernism to Post-Modernism
Contemporary Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
American Art 1900-1945: Rise of Modernism
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Seminar: _____ (Topic must fall within breadth area)
3. Complete a 500 level or above art history course (3 hours) approved for Goal 6 in the KU Core. (The Goal 6 art history course may also fulfill one of the breadth requirements above, in which case an elective course should be taken for the final 3 required hours of art history.)3
4. Art history elective (0-3 hours; see number 3 above).
Total Hours:30


Note: HA 100/HA 300 is a 1-semester survey of Western art history intended for non-majors and does not count toward the 30 required hours in art history. A student who takes HA 100 or HA 300 and then decides to major in art history must then also take either HA 150 or HA 151 (or both). A student who already has credit in either HA 150 or HA 151, however, should not take HA 100 or HA 300.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.
Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.
 

Master's Degree Requirements

Proficiency in a foreign language is required for the M.A. degree. Students in the Accelerated Master's program should complete at least the fourth semester of a relevant foreign language (normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish) with a grade of B or better by the end of Year 4 or be prepared to demonstrate proficiency by passing the department's language proficiency exam at the beginning of Year 5. Should the student not pass the proficiency exam, s/he will be expected either to enroll in the appropriate level of language study or establish a plan for passing the language exam at the start of the second semester of Year 5.

In addition to the 12 credit hours of graduate coursework taken during the senior year, students must complete an additional 18 credit hours of graduate coursework, for a total of 30 hours of graduate credit.

The full 30 hours must include:

At least 15 credit hours at the 700 level or above
At least 6 graduate seminars, including 2 at the 800 level or above (the latter also count toward the required 15 hours of 700 level or above)

One course in at least three of these areas:
1. 400-1400: Europe, the Mediterranean, or Near East
2. 1300-1700: Europe, the Mediterranean, or Near East
3. 1700-1900: Europe or America
4. Post-1900: Europe or America

Written Comprehensive Examination
A general written examination in European/American art must be passed for the M.A. degree.
A detailed presentation of departmental degree requirements and regulations is included in the department’s Graduate Student Handbook, available online.


Progression Requirements
Given the accelerated nature of this program, each student’s progress will be closely monitored at various points during the program:

1.    Once approved to begin graduate coursework, the student must meet with the DGS to plan the final year of undergraduate study.

2.    At the end of the final semester of undergraduate study (Year 4), the department will review the student’s performance in graduate-level HA courses taken in Year 4.  The student must earn a grade of B+ or better in each of these courses to be eligible for regular admission to the master’s degree.

3.    Following completion and award of the undergraduate degree, the admitted student will again meet with the DGS to review the course plan for the fifth year of study and update as needed.  The student’s performance in the graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate will be evaluated.

4.    For those students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 in the first semester of Year 5, the department may, at its discretion, devise a plan of study to address the student’s deficiencies, or may dismiss the student from the program.  

5.    The student will not be permitted to enroll in additional courses for graduate credit toward the master’s degree until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.

Students should complete all requirements for the Accelerated Master's within one year of receiving the bachelor’s degree.  If unforeseen circumstances prevent the timely completion of the master’s degree, the student must consult with their graduate advisor to develop an alternative plan for completion.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1, BA Writing I)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1b, BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)3
1st Semester Language in a relevant language - normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish (BA 2nd Language)52nd Semester Language in a relevant language - normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish (BA 2nd Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
HA 150 (Goal 3 Humanitites or Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Pre-requisite)3HA 151 (Major Pre-requisite)3
 17 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language in a relevant language - normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish (BA 2nd Language)34th Semester Language in a relevant language - normally French, German, Italian, or Spanish (BA 2nd Language)3
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Natural Science3
HA 165 or 166 (Major Requirement)3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1
Elective/Possible Minor Course3HA 300+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)3
Elective/Possible Minor Course3Elective/Possible Minor Course3
 15 13
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness 300+ (If needed), or elective3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
HA 300+/500+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+/500+3HA 300+/500+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)3
Elective/Possible Minor Course3Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3
Elective/Possible Minor Course3Elective/Possible Minor Course3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
HA 700+ Breadth Course (BA Major Requirement/MA Requirement)3HA 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity)13
HA 500+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)3HA 500+ Breadth Course (Major Requirement)3
Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3
Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3
Elective/Possible Minor Course 300+3LA&S 492 (Job Search Strategies, or elective)1
 15 13
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours
HA 500+ Course3700+ Graduate Seminar3
700+ Graduate Seminar3800+ Graduate Seminar3
700+ Graduate Seminar3800+ Graduate Seminar3
 9 9
Total Hours 138

Please note:

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.