Professional Studies M.A. - Art History Concentration

Why Art History?

Towson University’s Master of Arts in Professional Studies, Art History Concentration, is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the profession by looking at the history of art, in addition to the philosophy, role, operation and multiple functions of museums and visual arts institutions in American society. Topics include museum management, care and handling of objects, museum education, development and grant writing, marketing and public relations for cultural institutions, history and theory of exhibition design, and curatorial vision. A wide range of specialized art history courses are available as well, including the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world, the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, US art and architecture, non-western and modern and contemporary art and theory. Students with degrees from other related areas of study beyond art history are also encouraged to apply; related areas of study include history, philosophy, anthropology, English, studio art, and art education.

FLEXIBLE AND CUSTOMIZED

Most courses are offered in the evenings on campus. Some courses are offered online or partially online. A recommended internship allows you to acquire real-world experience while working on site in area institutions and in the university’s three galleries. Students must plan their program of study in collaboration with the art history concentration director. Internships must also be planned with and approved by the art history concentration director.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum GPA of 3.00 (2.75 for conditional admission) is required. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.

Please complete the online application, including the following:

An essay of no less than one full page of text that includes:

  • The student’s reasons for wishing to enter the program
  • An explanation of the ways in which the M.A. in Professional Studies program will enable the applicant to achieve personal and/or professional goals

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
ARTH 610DEVELOPMENT AND GRANT WRITING FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS3
ARTH 681SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY3
LBPS 601APPROACHES TO GRADUATE RESEARCH3
LBPS 602CULMINATING SEMINAR IN LIBERAL AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES3
ARTH Electives
Select five from the following:15
ELEMENTS OF WWW DESIGN
GRADUATE EXHIBITION DESIGN
STUDY ABROAD
INTRODUCTION TO MUSEUM STUDIES
MUSEUM AND COMMUNITY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SEMINAR IN ART HISTORY
RESEARCH METHODS IN ART HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
STUDY ABROAD
CARE AND HANDLING OF OBJECTS
MUSEUM EDUCATION
EXHIBITION DESIGN HISTORY AND THEORY
MUSEUM MANAGEMENT
COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT
CURATORIAL VISION AND PLANNING
ISSUES IN MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
MUSEUM STUDIES INTERNSHIP
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS: ART HISTORY
CURATORIAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
DIRECTED READINGS IN ART HISTORY
Electives Outside ARTH
Select three graduate courses in such areas as Professional Writing and Humanities in consultation with your adviser. 9
Total Units36

1. Explain and coherently apply ontological worldviews, epistemological strategies and methods to graduate level research design.
2. Demonstrate ability to write with clarity and efficiency.
3. Students will identify, interpret and draw conclusions from qualitative and/or quantitative data derived from web-based sources.
4. Students will demonstrate mastery of the individually developed program of study.
5. Students will successfully use MS Office System or equivalent to effectively present research.