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 Advising: ug-arthi@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Graduate Advising: gd-arthi@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Website: www.arthistory.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Laurie Monahan

Graduate Program

The department of the History of Art and Architecture offers two closely related graduate programs: an M.A./Ph.D. program for students who have completed the B.A., and a Ph.D. program for those who come to UCSB with an M.A. in the History of Art/Architecture or relevant discipline from another institution.


In addition to departmental requirements for admission, applicants must also meet university requirements for admission described in the chapter “Graduate Education at UCSB.” The department admits only in the fall quarter of each academic year; 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, optional TOEFL scores if the applicant is a non-native speaker, 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).

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. If admitted, students who have not completed a B.A. in the history of art/architecture may be required to do some additional coursework that does not count toward the satisfaction of graduate degree unit or course requirement.

Applicants must be accepted by a departmental professor with whom they wish to work. No student will be admitted, or allowed to continue, without a faculty sponsor. If you have any questions about finding a faculty advisor, please contact the graduate advisor at gd-arthi@arthistory.ucsb.edu or 805-893-2454.

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.