Georgetown University offers an M.A. degree program in Art & Museum Studies. This selective program offered by the Art and Art History Department combines academic study of art history and museum practice and emphasizes the international contexts of museums in the modern world.

Students work closely with Georgetown art history faculty, curators, and other museum professionals in Washington, D.C., and faculty specialists at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, England and New York City.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2017

January 1, 2017

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include the application and non-refundable application fee, an academic statement of purpose describing the applicant's interest and qualifications for the program, official transcripts from all prior colleges, three letters of recommendation, GRE test, TOEFL/IELTS test (if required, see below), and a detailed resume/CV documenting coursework in art history or other relevant fields, relevant professional experience, conferences, publications, and language proficiencies. 

The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree, with a major in Art History or substantial course work in the field. Those with degrees in fields such as history or cultural studies, and some academic work in the art history discipline, may also be strong candidates for the program. Applicants who lack academic training in Art History are expected to complete at least two art history courses before the program begins. We do not ask for a writing sample with the application.

Three letters of recommendation are required.  Current students or recent graduates should have at least 2 letters from professors, and a third letter from either a professor or art professional familiar with their qualifications.  Applicants currently working in the field may submit all letters from art professionals familiar with their qualifications for the program.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - Art & Museum Studies Program
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, N.W., Room CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Exceptions may be approved for applicants with at least 3 years museum work post B.A. or an advanced degree in a related field. Information on the GRE can be found at:   http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html.   Please contact the program directly with any questions at gradadmus@georgetown.edu .

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). 

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org 

Degree Requirements

Complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credits

  • Fall semester at Georgetown -- one required core course, two electives (art history and museum specializations) and an internship (12 credits)
  • Spring semester at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London or New York -- one intensive course in a selected area of concentration (12 credits)
  • Summer semester -- full-time internship at a museum or other approved institution anywhere, culminating in a capstone workshop at Georgetown (6 credits)

This schedule allows completion of the degree in 12 months.  Other options - including the spring semester at Georgetown, or taking fewer courses in a given term - may be approved by the program director.