The PhD in Art History program at Rice University trains students for academic research and teaching, curatorial positions, and other careers in the visual arts.
Program requirements include two years of coursework and the demonstration of two language proficiencies in addition to English, as well as the successful completion of a graduate research paper, oral and written qualifying exams, a dissertation prospectus, and a doctoral dissertation.
There are two options for study. Students pursuing traditional, full-time study have the option to participate in teaching opportunities and museum internships. The Museum Professionals part-time program is designed for students who currently hold professional appointments at local museums. While students in this program are not required to complete the teaching assistant duties and have a longer timetable for completion, they must meet the same requirements as traditional study.
Although the department recognizes the added experience of coming into the PhD program with a master's degree, a master's is not required for acceptance to the PhD program in Art History and requirements for the program remain the same.
For information regarding financial support and the application process, please see the following pages:
Prospective students looking to learn more about program details, as well as resources and opportunities beyond the program, may also find the following pages helpful: