Department of History of Art Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Department of History of Art Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 3
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Seminars, Internships, and a Student Symposium Provide Exciting Academic Opportunities for History of Art Students

Bryn Mawr College has a notable history in the study of visual arts. The History of Art Department is one of 3 independent departments providing degrees in a Graduate Group that also includes archaeology and classics. Faculty members and students within this group often work cooperatively on shared initiatives.

The interdepartmental seminars are an example of this collaboration; they are team-taught by faculty members from group departments. The seminars provide information on interdisciplinary subjects in theory, methodology, and interpretation. The interdepartmental seminars look into an expansive range of topics related to archaeology, classics, and history of art.

Curatorial internships are another opportunity for graduate students in the group. The internships are supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students can take part in curatorial internships that involve working with Bryn Mawr's resources or those in other associated institutions. These institutions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania Museum. Curatorial internships allow graduate students special opportunities to work with unique collections and experts in their fields.

The biennial Graduate Student Symposium is yet another chance for students to build foundations of interdisciplinary knowledge. The Graduate Student Symposium calls upon the talents of students throughout the group as they organize a major undertaking. The symposium is attended by graduate students from throughout the U.S. and other countries who contribute papers.

The Graduate Program in History of Art Immerses Students in Visual Culture from the Ancient World to the Global Present

The Bryn Mawr History of Art Department provides M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Western art history, including film, to its candidates. The departmental programs cover all areas of Western art history from ancient periods up to present times. The graduate program in history of art falls within a graduate group that also contains graduate studies in archaeology and classics.

This diverse and unique program in Western art history can be individualized to the professional goals and field interests of each student. Preferably, the M.A. and Ph.D. degree program applicants should demonstrate proficiency in 2 languages. Graduates of the History of Art Department have gone on to contribute significantly to the field through careers in academic institutions, museums, galleries, and foundations.

Faculty Members Research and Teaching Presents a Range of Interpretive Models

The research and teaching of faculty members in the History of Art Department spans from early Christian and Islamic art and architecture to contemporary art, film and new media and engages a range of critical and interpretive models.

The Graduate Group's 3 departments share academic space, resources, and research facilities. The Center for Visual Culture is a multidisciplinary resource for each department in this graduate group and a venue for research and valuable discussions. The center holds weekly meetings that revolve around discussions and also plans organized lectures that benefit all students interested in visual imagery.

A central research facility located at Bryn Mawr College is the campus library dedicated specifically to art and archaeology. The library has approximately 125,000 volumes and 500 periodical titles to support student and faculty research. Students can access additional resources and tools in the college's main library. Students interested in related art history courses at the University of Pennsylvania or Temple University may participate in a cooperative study program at these institutions.

Location & Contact

Department of History of Art

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Maria Dantis

Graduate Program Administrator

Phone: 610-526-5074

Dr. Lisa Saltzman


Phone: 610-526-5346

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Art History Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 40
    • Accepted 9
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Female Percentage84%
    • Male Percentage16%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Full-time Percentage88%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian42%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander4%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown38%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty8
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%





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