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Art History (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

Founded in 1973, Concordia’s MA in Art History is one of Canada’s longest standing and foremost graduate programs in our discipline: it offers extensive seminar offerings every year, focused on various thematic issues related to our faculty’s current research on medieval, Renaissance, modern, and contemporary art and architecture from across the globe (including print culture, photography, interior design, craft, and fashion). Each professor presents to their students various theories and methodologies that are broadly relevant in the field today (such as decolonizing methodologies, postcolonial theory, queer theory, social art history, sensory studies, etc.) The program also offers the possibility of pursuing an internship in a museum, a gallery or at another local cultural organization in Montreal. Once their coursework is completed, students undertake, alongside their supervisor, a directed review of sources and then write a thesis that is an original and topical contribution to art historical scholarship.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Art History Courses page for course descriptions.

Art History MA (45 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

ARTH 654 Annotated Review of Sources and Documents (3.00)
ARTH 655 Thesis Seminar (3.00)


credits of seminars selected in consultation with the graduate program director or the student’s supervisor. Exceptionally, and with the approval of the Graduate Program Director, students may register for one of the following options:

1) a graduate seminar (3 credits) in another discipline or at another Quebec university,

2) an internship or

3) an independent study.



ARTH 656 Thesis (24.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • BFA or a BA with a major in Art History or approved equivalent with at least a B+ average in the major area.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


January 15





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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