Online PhD in Art History

Learn about campus-based alternatives to online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in art history, which are unavailable at this time. Find information on program requirements, course topics and study abroad options here. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Programs Can I Enroll in?

You can't earn your Ph.D. in Art History online. You can only earn your doctorate by completing an on-campus program. Most programs require that you earn a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Fine Art or a similar program before enrolling. If you have such a master's degree, there are generally no restrictions on what type of major you pursued as an undergraduate.

You can apply to some Ph.D. programs after earning your bachelor's degree. Applicants with a bachelor's degree need to demonstrate the ability to excel as a doctoral candidate. However, you'll need to complete the equivalent amount of coursework to earn both a master's degree and a Ph.D. if you qualify.

Online AvailabilityOnline Ph.D. programs in art history are not available
Common Course TopicsEconomics, history, architecture, cultural studies, electives in your focus area
Other RequirementsDepending on the specific program, learning another language may be required
International OpportunitiesPh.D. programs in art history may provide you with opportunities to study abroad

What Will I Study?

You'll have to take foundational coursework in economics, history, political science, architecture and cultural studies. Some programs also require that you complete a thesis in addition to your doctoral dissertation.

The type of focus you pursue in a Ph.D. program will also govern the type of electives you complete. For example, if you pursue a concentration in Latin American art, you'll have to take electives that cover the history, culture, political influence and architecture of Latin America.

Is There a Foreign Language Requirement?

Many programs require that you learn two foreign languages. The language requirement will be specific to the concentration you pursue. For example, a concentration that deals with European art may require that you learn Spanish, French or Portuguese.

What Other Experiences Can I Acquire as a Doctoral Candidate?

Ph.D. programs in art history provide you the opportunity to study abroad. This is particularly useful to students because it allows them to immerse themselves in a foreign culture, develop language skills and acquire a cultural understanding specific to their art concentration.

You can also acquire teaching experience both on-campus and abroad. The purpose of this experience is to develop your presentation skills. Foreign teaching experience also provides cultural understanding specific to the concentration you'll pursue.

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  • Duke University

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    • North Carolina: Durham
  • Temple University

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    • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
  • Stony Brook University

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    • New York: Stony Brook
  • Yale University

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    • Connecticut: New Haven
  • Washington University in St Louis

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    • Missouri: Saint Louis
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    • North Carolina: Chapel Hill
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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    • Illinois: Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

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    • Illinois: Chicago
  • University of Chicago

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    • Illinois: Chicago
  • Tulane University of Louisiana

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    • Louisiana: New Orleans