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Art History PhD

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.


Courses. The courses offered through the interuniversity program are open to all students, regardless of the university at which they are enrolled. All students must take at least 3 credits from Block A. The remaining 9 credits are normally chosen from Block A or Block B. Requests to register in a seminar outside the program require the approval of the supervisor and the Graduate Program Director.

Language Proficiency. In addition to the requirements for admission, candidates are required to demonstrate their understanding of another language relevant to their doctoral studies.

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)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residency. The minimum period of residence is one calendar years (3 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the Master’s degree or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

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