Art History, Dual Undergraduate/Graduate

The Ernest G. Welch School of Arts & Design and The College of the Arts offer a dual undergraduate/graduate degree program in Art History. The program provides students with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as short a period as five years.

Acceptance into the dual-degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate-degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year and is contingent upon 1) earning a bachelor’s degree, 2) maintaining the required program grade-point average, 3) performing in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree program and 4) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Dual B.A. in Art (Art History Concentration) / M.A. in Art History

The department offers a dual bachelor of arts degree with an Art History concentration and master of arts degree in Art History. The dual-degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be accepted into the dual-degree program by the school and College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following the college’s processes, though  GRE scores are not required for admission into the M.A. in Art History if applying through the dual-degree program. Students accepted into the master’s program via the dual-degree program are only allowed to pursue the non-thesis track.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found here.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, students should be in their junior (third) year of undergraduate work and have an overall Institutional GPA of 3.5. They should already have completed AH 3000 and at least two AH courses at the 4000 level. Application to the program involves completing a personal statement of goals and interests for enrollment in the dual-degree program.

Application Process

Students seeking to apply for a dual undergraduate/graduate program should carefully review the specific program requirements in the undergraduate catalog. Those eligible to apply should complete the dual-degree application and submit it to the College of The Arts (Suite 990, 55 Park Place). A summary of these processes is on the dual degree website.

More information on Georgia State’s undergraduate tuition can be found on the student financial service website/a>.

Once in the program, Ernest G. Welch students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, nominated by the faculty. New area awards and scholarships are announced every Spring semester.

Goals and outcomes upon completion of an Dual Degree B.A. & M.A. in Art History include:

  • Emphasizing the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created.
  • Training in different time periods and geographical areas of art history, while also gaining depth of knowledge in a particular specialization.
  • Providing a foundation for individuals who wish to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as undertake doctoral studies.
  • Establishing a network with local arts organizations and museums.
  • Presenting research at art history conferences and symposia including the Art History Graduate Forum.