Strong undergraduate training in art history or a cognate discipline such as history, classics, literature, language, or film studies; also reading knowledge of French, German, and/or Italian strongly advisable prior to application. Applicants should submit a sample of scholarly writing and research, as well as scores in the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examinations. Please see How to Apply under the GSAS home page for additional information about the application process. Students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program (we do not offer terminal MA degrees).

Language Requirements

  • Candidates for the MA must demonstrate proficiency in two modern languages
  • Candidates for the PhD must demonstrate proficiency in German and one other foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated by passing written translation examinations prepared by the department and taken under the supervision of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students also will have to master any additional languages that may be required for research in the field of their dissertations (e.g., Latin and possibly Greek for the middle ages).

Program and Examinations for the MA

  • Six courses or units of independent work in art history;
  • language examinations as above;
  • an MA thesis, and a written examination to test the candidate's ability to place the thesis topic in a larger context.

This M.A. is prerequisite for the Ph.D. program

Program and Examinations for the PhD

  • Language examinations as for the MA;
  • six courses or units of independent work above the six required for the MA; some courses may be taken in other departments at Bryn Mawr, at the University of Pennsylvania, or at the University of Delaware;
  • written and oral PhD preliminary examinations in four discrete fields, selected by the student with departmental consultation and approval;
  • a dissertation presenting an original thesis corroborated by primary research; frequently, the research is conducted abroad.