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Art History (PhD)

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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

The PhD in Art History is a bilingual inter-university program that enables students to develop advanced research skills and offers a dynamic environment for the exchange of ideas across intellectual communities. The program is jointly administered by Concordia, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. With more than 40 research-active faculty members to work with, students undertake dissertations on a full range of historical, modern, and contemporary topics. The program offers unparalleled access to Montreal’s cultural institutions and exceptional inter-library resources. Students receive rigorous methodological and theoretical training, and their research projects are complemented by opportunities for professional development that may include undergraduate course teaching, curating, editing and conference organizing. To learn more, visit our Interuniversity PhD in Art History website.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully qualified candidates entering the program with a Master’s degree are required to complete 90 credits.

Please see the Art History Courses page for course descriptions.

Art History PhD (90 credits)

3credits chosen from Art History PhD Block A Seminars
9credits chosen from Art History PhD Block A Seminars or Art History PhD Block B Seminars


ARTH 807 Doctoral Forum (3.00)
ARTH 808 Comprehensive Examinations (9.00)
ARTH 820 Research Tutorial (6.00)
ARTH 830 Thesis (60.00)

Art History PhD Block A Seminars

ARTH 809 A1: Art History and Its Methodologies (3.00)
ARTH 810 A2: Problématiques de l'histoire de l'art (3.00)

Art History PhD Block B Seminars

ARTH 801 B1: Periods and Territories (3.00)
ARTH 802 B2: Classification - Genres, Artistic Disciplines (3.00)
ARTH 803 B3: Thematic Questions (3.00)
ARTH 804 B4: Writings on Art (3.00)
ARTH 805 B5: Critical Examination of Artistic Context (3.00)
ARTH 806 B6: Formal and Semantic Studies (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Arts degree in Art History or its equivalent.
  • Thesis research project accompanied by a letter of support from the proposed supervisor in the Department of Art History. Prospective students should therefore contact individual professors, or the Graduate Program Director, to find the right supervisor for their doctoral research project.
  • Language Requirements. This is a bilingual interuniversity program, offered jointly with the Université de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Students may successfully complete all of its various components in English, in French, or in a combination of both languages. Applicants are therefore required to be fully proficient in English or French. 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.

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