MA in Art History at TCU

The TCU Art History division is seeking qualified applications for our MA program. The graduate program offers a full tuition waiver (read: free MA) and a competitive stipend to each admitted student. We also offer our students research grants to fund national and international travel. Our students have used these for travel to New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, France, Switzerland, and many other places. We also sponsor a graduate student trip. In previous years, we have traveled to Mexico City and New York City, and this year we will be taking our graduate students to the College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018.

Our program focuses on what we call the “museum experience,” which means we emphasize study in area museums and a focus on the art object throughout the course of study. Fort Worth is an especially rich area for the study of art history; it houses three major art museums, all with close relationships with our program and faculty: the Kimbell Art Museum (, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art ( Dallas is just a 40 minute drive away and also has great museums and galleries. All of our students take a course on art museums and earn valuable professional experience by completing an internship at a museum and staging an exhibition in the TCU Moudy Gallery. Classes also meet regularly at the museums.

As a small program, our students develop close working relationships with their professors, who pride themselves on their teaching and research. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in museums, while others have gone on to receive the PhD in art history and are now teaching at the college level. As a recent graduate of our program wrote, “The graduate program at TCU provided a perfect mix of academic training and museum-based experiences. Thanks to close ties with local art museums, I was able to take classes in the museums, learn about different job opportunities across the field, and was able to intern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The practical experience gained from learning in museums paired with the critical thinking and writing skills gained in the classroom were invaluable assets as I transitioned into my current job.” – Alejo Benedetti, MA 2015, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Please read more about our program and faculty in the attached brochure. You can also learn more about us on our website,, and our Facebook page ( The due date for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is Feb. 1, 2018.

For information on application requirements and procedures, please visit

Or for more information on the Graduate Program in Art History at TCU, contact:

Lori B. Diel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History

Coordinator of the Art History Division