Program in Art History and Criticism College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Art History and Criticism College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University

The Department of Art at Stony Brook University offers an interdisciplinary graduate program of art history, criticism, and theory at the master's and doctoral degree levels. The department focuses on developing alternative perspectives on art, popular culture, and visual art; promoting interdisciplinary study in 19th and 20th century art; and providing a rich education in the history of art criticism. Graduates are thus prepared to make their own unique cultural contributions as art critics and art historians.

An Ideal Location to Study Art History and Criticism at a Top University

Stony Brook University is located in Stony Brook, New York, in the northeastern region of the United States. Because the university is situated halfway between New York City and the Hamptons, students learn in a serene, spacious environment while remaining close to the dynamic art centers of New York City.

Stony Brook University is considered to be one of the best graduate and undergraduate research universities in the country. Stony Brook is ranked among the top 100 best national universities and top 50 public national universities according to "U.S. News and World Report."

Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism

The Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism requires students to complete 36 credits of courses. The curriculum, which combines art history, criticism, and theory, focuses on modern and contemporary art as well as visual culture. Students can complete the program in 2 years of full-time study. They may also take courses on a part-time basis.

Upon graduation, students secure positions in art education, work in galleries and museums, or pursue Ph.D. degrees in art history or other disciplines.

Curriculum for the M.A. in Art History and Criticism

Students must complete 12 credits of core courses that include a teaching practicum. They must also complete 6 to 9 credits of art history and criticism electives, 6 to 9 credits of humanities and social sciences electives, and 3 to 6 credits of thesis work.

Teaching Practicum

All M.A. students must assist in teaching an introductory-level undergraduate course for at least 1 semester. Their teaching competency is determined through student evaluations and their faculty supervisors' classroom evaluations.

Master's Thesis

Students work with their directing committees to determine their thesis topics. The thesis must be original work presented in the form of one or more essays that is relevant to art history, criticism, and theory.

Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism

The Ph.D. program in art history and criticism focuses on research and analysis. It emphasizes art history and criticism and takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching modern art, contemporary art, and visual culture. Students must attend the program on a full-time basis and complete all degree requirements no later than 7 years after they have completed 24 hours of graduate courses.

Ph.D. Degree in Art History and Criticism

Ph.D. students must complete 60 credits of coursework -- that includes a combination of core and electives courses -- to earn a Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism. They must also assist with teaching 2 courses at the undergraduate level. In addition, students write and defend a dissertation on a significant body of original research.

Financial Assistance for Art Students

Applicants to the graduate programs in art history and criticism may be eligible to receive federal student loans; teaching, research, and graduate assistantships; and tuition scholarships. The university also offers fellowships and maintains a list of fellowships that are sponsored by independent organizations.

Pollock-Krasner Study Center

The Study Center provides academic resources that help students earn their degrees, cultivate their interests, and expand their networks. The center has an art reference library that includes books, photographs, oral histories, and journals. In addition, it is used as a venue for lectures, seminars, exhibitions, and other activities.

The Graduate Student Experience

Stony Brook University provides students with comprehensive resources including academic, career, counseling, dining, health care, housing, and prevention and outreach services.

The offices of disability support, multicultural affairs, and veteran affairs work to ensure that Stony Brook U's diverse student population receives the support needed to excel academically.

In addition, the Office of Commuter Services provides programs that help commuter students connect with faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Housing at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University provides apartment-style residences for graduate students including those who have families. These dwellings offer students privacy, comfort, and convenience.

The university also provides resources that help students obtain off-campus housing including rental listings, roommate referrals, a listing of local services, and information about topics related to off-campus housing.

Beyond Stony Brook U.

Located on Long Island's North Shore, Stony Brook U. is just 60 miles east of the urban mecca, New York City, where cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities are abundant.

Students do not, however, have to travel too far to find fun and leisure because Long Island offers a myriad of beautiful beaches and parks, cultural offerings, restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping outlets.

About Stony Brook University

Established in 1957, the esteemed Stony Brook University is a member of State University of New York system. It offers nearly 25,000 students 66 undergraduate majors and 77 minors, 102 master's programs, 40 doctoral programs, and 32 graduate certificate programs.

Providing excellent academic and research programs in a supportive community are two of the university's top priorities. Because of its steadfast commitment to these goals, the Times Higher Education "World University Rankings 2010" guide places Stony Brook U. in the top 1 percent of all universities worldwide. In addition, Kiplinger ranks Stony Brook University as 1 of the 100 best values in public education.

Location & Contact

Program in Art History and Criticism

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. John Lutterbie


Phone: 631-632-7250

Lisa Perez


Phone: 631-632-7270

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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 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • 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? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


58% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 32
    • Accepted 27
    • Acceptance Rate 58
    • Enrolled 9
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students39
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students39
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian81%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native3%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown3%