Study Modern and Contemporary Art History at Azusa Pacific University
You’ll be introduced to current scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary art. You’ll experience an innovative online program that focuses exclusively on modern and contemporary art history. We’ll provide you with an understanding of art historical methods and research practices while building skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, research, and written and verbal communication.
Program at a Glance
The School of Visual and Performing Arts develops students’ talents through rich artistic experiences and comprehensive training in their chosen artistic discipline.
The MA program uses a rolling admissions process that allows students to enter the program at several entry points during the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Cost per Unit
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Learn from experienced faculty who are professionally active scholars committed to student success.
- Prepare for a wide range of art-related careers or for further study at the doctoral level.
- Experience a comprehensive curriculum in modern and contemporary art history integrated with a Christian worldview.
By the Numbers
The MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History is an innovative, fully online program
that focuses exclusively on modern and contemporary art. Rooted in solid historical
training and current critical methods, the program develops students’ skills in visual
analysis, close reading of texts, and the cultivation of independent and original
research. Upon completion of the program, students are equipped with skills that are
vital to further academic study as well as to the pursuit of a variety of careers
in the arts.
Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.
The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.
Applicants must possess:
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Grade-point average of 3.0 or above
Applicants must submit:
- Graduate application for admission
- $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s
bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate
An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.
- Two recommendations submitted by professors or employers who have current knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability and potential
- Résumé including the most relevant work and volunteer experience
- Statement of purpose (double spaced, no more than 3 pages) describing your background, interests, goals, and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in art history. If there are any gaps, weaknesses, or special circumstances in your background or academic record, please address them in your statement.
- Skype interview may be requested and coordinated by the Department of Art
Note: These items are minimum admission requirements only. Applicants will be evaluated by the program based on prior academic performance and professional promise as evidenced by the above application materials.
What to Expect
After all admission materials have been received by the Student Services Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.
|Tuition (per unit)||$663|
|Base Program Cost||$23,868|
Estimated Cost Breakdown
See the table below for the tuition charges and fees that comprise your estimated total art history degree program cost. Prices are subject to change without notice.
|Graduate and Professional Application Fee||$45|
|Intent to Commence and/or Graduate Fee||$100|
View a complete list of university fees for graduate programs.
All stated financial information is subject to change. Contact the Student Services Center at (626) 815-2020 for more information.
Paying for Your Degree
APU offers a variety of ways to help you pay for your online degree. From scholarships and grants, to loans and institutional aid, we're committed to being sure that cost doesn't keep you from reaching your educational goals.
Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.
To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:
What type of graduate art history program does APU offer?
APU’s art history degree program is an online degree that focuses on modern and contemporary art.
How many units are in this program?
The program requires 36-39 semester units.
How often will I need to be online for this program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount or designated time that you will be required to be online since assignments and deadlines will vary throughout each course.
Will I have to complete any part of my Online Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History program at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.
How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in as little as 17-24 months.
Do I have to take the classes in a specific order?
For information on coursework requirements, consult the university catalog.
Is there training available for the online learning environment?
Should I take one or two classes per term?
Your course load is entirely up to you and depends on your work schedule and other commitments.
During what terms are classes offered?
During the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, we offer classes during the following 8-week sessions:
- Fall 1 (Traditional 8-Week Session 1)
- Fall 2 (Traditional 8-Week Session 2)
- Spring 1 (Traditional 8-Week Session 1)
- Spring 2 (Traditional 8-Week Session 2)
- Summer (Traditional 8-Week Session 1)
Please view the current Graduate Academic Calendar for more details.
What classes are offered this term, and what classes will you offer next term?
I work full-time. Are courses offered in an asynchronous format?
Yes, the program is fully online and asynchronous in format. It is designed to accommodate those who work or teach full-time. Coursework and assignments are scheduled in a way that allows more flexibility for students.
Is financial aid available?
Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you. Contact the Student Services Center at [email protected] or (626) 815-2020) to work with a Student Account Specialist.
What is the online learning environment like?
What books will I need to purchase for my class?
Please email your course instructor directly, or contact the Campus Store at (626) 815-5044.
Where can I find scholarly resources for my classes in this program?
Please reference the Library Guide for the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Other helpful resources include the following Library Guides (LibGuides):
- How to Start a Research Project
- How to Cite Sources in Turabian Format
- Finding Library Resources by Subject
- The Research Process: A Suggested Timeline (PDF)
APU students can also request books from the University Libraries and have them delivered to your front door at no cost.
How does the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History address religion and art history? Is the program open to students from various faith backgrounds?
Classes in the art history program offer many opportunities to dialogue about religion, faith, and art.
The mission of the Azusa Pacific University Department of Art is to prepare art students for a lifetime of artistic expression and to cultivate individual creativity through the study of history, technique, presentation, and social engagement, as a reflector of the creative and transformative nature of God. Learn more about the Department of Art.
- Be committed to personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
- Evidence sympathetic appreciation for the standards and spirit of the university.
- Exhibit moral character in harmony with the university’s purpose.
While APU is a distinctively Christian institution, students do not have to be Christians to be admitted. However, every student is encouraged to be open to learning about the Christian faith.
Read more about the general university requirements for graduate program applicants.
What is faith integration?
Learn more about Christian faith integration in research, teaching, and scholarship at APU through the Office of Faith Integration.
What languages do you accept for the foreign language requirement?
Before completing the MA program, students must demonstrate knowledge of a modern, oral foreign language.
Note: American Sign Language will not fulfill this requirement.
Refer to the current university catalog for more information on the program’s foreign language requirement.
If you have questions, we’re here to help! Connect with a representative who can walk you through the program details and application process.
Additional Program Contact
Alisa Barsegyan, [email protected] (626) 387-5725
School of Visual and Performing Arts
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5298
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Student Services Center
- Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
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