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Art History & Archaeology, Doctor of Philosophy

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Note: The University is no longer accepting new applications for this program.

About the Ph.D.

In the Doctoral Program, students deepen their exploration of art history or classical archaeology and demonstrate their ability to carry out original scholarship.

The department advises doctoral students in the following areas of study:

  • Greek Art and Archaeology
  • Roman and Late Antique Art and Archaeology
  • Early Medieval Art and Archaeology
  • Late Medieval Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • 18th Century Art
  • 19th Century Art
  • 20-21st Century Art
  • American Art
  • Architectural History

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 18

The department accepts as candidates for the Ph.D. students who have earned an M.A. or its equivalent in art history or classical archaeology, either from the University of Missouri-Columbia or from an institution recognized by the University. An M.A. thesis is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. in both art history and classical archaeology. The Doctoral Program Committee determines the acceptability of work completed elsewhere.

Students completing an M.A. degree in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia who want to continue for the Ph.D. must be accepted for advising by a faculty member who is a member of the doctoral faculty. Such students should submit a statement of purpose and a current CV to the department by the January 18 deadline. After they are accepted for advising, they need to submit a “Change of Program, Degree, Emphasis or Advisor Form” to the Graduate School.

Minimum Language Requirements

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Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Art History and Archeology Program

All application materials must be submitted directly through the Graduate School online application. Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic qualifications to undertake graduate work
  • A short statement of the applicant’s professional goals and reasons for applying to do graduate work in art history or archaeology
  • A copy of a recent term paper as a sample of your scholarship and writing
  • Curriculum vitae