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MA in Art History and Visual Culture

Program Overview

A Top-Ranked Online Art and Art History Program

Study the visual arts and culture of various eras through traditional and contemporary approaches, and discover how visual culture conveys meaning.

Study the visual arts and culture of various eras through traditional and contemporary approaches, and discover how visual culture conveys meaning.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Examine Visual Arts and Cultures

Explore the approaches and materials used in artwork throughout different eras with Lindenwood University’s online Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture program. This program focuses on the traditional and modern approaches to the discipline.

Through our online master’s in art history program’s curriculum, you will discover the structures that artwork was produced in, how they were used, and how visual culture conveys meaning. You will also be able to customize your program through various elective courses in topics such as Baroque art, the history of photography, and the history of costume design and fashion.

This program has been recognized as one of the best online master’s degrees in art and art history by,, and In addition, Grad School Hub has ranked this program as the third most affordable of its kind.

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A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

As you earn your online master’s in art history, you will study various topics that focus on the many aspects of the arts and visual culture. The program’s core curriculum consists of 18 credit hours that include research methods, scholastic writing, seminars, and thesis projects.

Additionally, you will explore 18 credit hours of art and visual culture courses of your choice. Select from an internship, 20th-century art, art theory, and more. A comprehensive exam is also required for degree completion.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online master’s in art history program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) with a minimum GPA of 2.8, as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended
    • Undergraduate degree must be in a related field, or leveling courses are required. Please contact your enrollment counselor with questions
    • If GPA is below a 2.8, three references and/or GRE score will be required

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — just at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online art history master’s program is offered at just $495 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand the influences of cultures on works of art throughout different eras
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the key figures, concepts, and periods of various art forms
  • Understand the theories and lines of thought that have influenced the arts, their reception, and their appreciation

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your art history master’s online include:

  • Archivist: $52,240
  • Curator: $53,780
  • Art director: $92,780

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

We gladly accept up to 9 transfer credits into our art history master’s program. Your previously earned credits must be from a regionally accredited college or university, meet minimum GPA requirements, and be applicable to the program’s curriculum.

Art history is the study of artwork and its historical background and development. The field includes numerous forms of art, including architecture, ceramics, painting, photography, and sculpture. Through an art history program, you also discover the meanings and interpretations of various works of art.

With the knowledge you gain through our online art history degree program, you can pursue a variety of roles in the arts and at museums. You can become a museum curator or archivist or an artist. You may also teach art or advance your teaching career.

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