The PhD program prepares students for college teaching or for other research-oriented positions requiring advanced specialized study. The degree requires 60 credits of graduate (5000-level or above) course credits in art history beyond the BA with a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Up to nine credits may be taken in graduate-level courses at Temple outside the Department of Art History, as long as they are relevant to the student’s chosen specialty field. After completion of all course work, the student becomes a PhD candidate upon passing a qualifying examination and approval of the dissertation proposal. Up to six credits are needed for writing the dissertation.
The Department of Art History offers a doctoral program to which exceptionally well-prepared students with a BA are admitted directly, without first earning a MA degree. A strong art history background, appropriate languages, and indicators of high achievement are requisites. Applicants should declare an intention to enter this program.