Admission Requirements



The M.A. program in Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice will not be accepting applications for the 2022/23 academic year.


Academic Requirements
Bachelor's degree in the History of Art, or a closely related field with significant preparation in the History of Art (approximately 24 quarter hours beyond survey level courses), is expected. However, in the case of students with degrees in cognate fields and in exceptional cases, this expectation may be modified. Normally, a student with a degree from another institution will be accepted as having preparation in the field equivalent to that offered at Ohio State University. For an applicant whose preparation is deemed to be incomplete, additional course work may be required.

A 3.3 GPA in all undergraduate work and a 3.5 GPA in all graduate work is expected. Other factors may be taken into consideration, especially superior previous work in History of Art.

In the case of international students, TOEFL scores are required.

Admission Criteria
•    Application forms
•    Résumé / Curriculum vitae
•    Personal statement (1-2 pages)
•    Academic Writing Sample (12-30 pages)
•    Exhibition proposal (<1500 words)
•    Three letters of recommendation 
•    Official College transcripts
•    Telephone or skype interview (to be arranged after the application deadline on an individual basis with student and select faculty)

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Program Requirements

Students are required to take a minimum of 61 credit hours during their three years in the program. 

The following core courses are required of all CACP students: Historical and Conceptual Foundations of Art History; Exhibition Histories; Curatorial Practicum; Curatorial Thesis Writing; and Curatorial Internship.

Together, the Curatorial Practicum and Curatorial Thesis Writing courses walk students in the final year of the MA program through the process of staging a major exhibition and producing a catalogue, which collectively serve as their culminating project.

During their first 5 semesters in the program, students are also required to take a total of 7 History of Art courses (including Curatorial Elective seminars), a theory course, and 3 classes in Law, Public Policy or Arts Administration (e.g., Drafting Business Contracts, Grant-Writing in the Public Sector, and Nonprofit Art Institution Governance).

In studying the cultures of many regions and eras, Ohio State’s Department of History of Art believes that the best art history depends on a wide variety of approaches and vantage points. Our department is thus committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and diverse learning environment, where all persons and perspectives may contribute to our joint intellectual enterprise.


The Task of the Curator


The Task of the Curator


The Task of the Curator


The Task of the Curator


The Task of the Curator