UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

History of Art and Architecture

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
1234 Arts Building
Telephone: (805) 893-2417
Undergraduate e-mail: ug_arthi@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: gd-arthist@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Website: www.arthistory.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay

Graduate Program

The department offers both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, accepting applicants with a B.A. into the M.A./Ph.D. program, and those with a M.A. into the Ph.D. program. The department does not offer a terminal M.A. degree, and students who are interested only in pursuing the M.A. degree are not accepted.


The department seeks applicants with a demonstrated potential for outstanding creative research and a clear sense of intellectual and professional direction. A B.A. in the history of art is not essential for admission to the M.A./Ph.D. program, but applicants should have serious training in some branch of the humanities or social sciences. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have completed an M.A. in the history of art/ architecture.

In addition to departmental requirements for admission, applicants must also meet university requirements for admission described in the chapter “Graduate Education at UCSB.” Applications for admission to the program must be received by December 15. Application is made electronically at www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp. Required documents include copies of all of the applicant’s college and university transcripts, three letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional supervisors, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a statement of purpose explaining reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work at UCSB, and a sample of written work indicative of scholarly interests and skills (applicants to the Ph.D. program are expected to submit a copy of their M.A. thesis).

Although all students entering the graduate program are expected to pursue the Ph.D., continuation into the program is not automatic. Upon completion of the M.A. thesis, students must apply to the department for matriculation into the Ph.D. program. A faculty evaluation of the student’s entire record will determine whether the student goes forward with the matriculation process into the Ph.D. program or instead receives a terminal M.A. degree.

Entry into the Ph.D. program requires that the student have completed the M.A. thesis, and satisfied all departmental course and language requirements at the M.A. level.

The applicant must submit a brief letter of application to the department’s graduate committee as well as letters of endorsement from two ladder faculty members in the department, of whom at least one agrees to supervise the applicant’s Ph.D. work. The application and faculty letters must be received at the time that the M.A. thesis is completed. The graduate committee will review each request in consultation with the student’s named potential advisor and make a recommendation to the entire faculty regarding matriculation.

Master of Arts – History of Art and Architecture (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – History of Art and Architecture (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – History of Art and Architecture, Continuing Students (Requirements - PDF)<

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in History of Art and Architecture may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases: Ancient Mediterranean Studies, European Medieval Studies, Feminist Studies.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.