Policies and Procedures

General Graduate Requirements for the MA

A.  Administration of the MA Program

The graduate program in art history is the responsibility of the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) and is administered by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). All questions or problems should first be directed to the DGS. If there are unresolved problems, these may be taken to the chairperson of the department.

B. Advising 

Graduate students taking courses are strongly advised to meet with their advisor to discuss course offerings and progress toward the degree before registering each semester.

C. Registration

Students normally register continuously until all course requirements for the degree have been completed. Students on full-time status must register for 9 semester hours or more each semester. Students holding assistantships must register for at least 8 semester hours each semester. International students holding a teaching or research assistantship must enroll for (1) at least 8 semester hours if they hold a one-half time (50%) appointment or (2) at least 10 semester hours if they hold a one-third time (30%) appointment.

D.  Minimum Grade Point Average

Required GPA: 3.00/4.00 or higher. Students whose GPA drops below this average must meet this requirement in the following semester of enrollment or be placed on academic probation. While on probation, students will not receive financial aid or fellowships. After two semesters on probation, the student will be dismissed from the program.

E. Time Limitation

Master’s degree: within 5 consecutive years of initial registration. Students may petition the Graduate College for an extension of the time limit; petitions require the recommendations of the student’s advisor and the DGS. Extensions are not automatic.

F. Leave of Absence

Master’s degree: within 5 consecutive years of initial registration. Students may petition the Graduate College for an extension of the time limit; petitions require the recommendations of the student’s advisor and the DGS. Extensions are not automatic. 

Departmental Requirements for the MA

A. Course Work

All MA students are required to complete the following: 

1. A minimum of 16 hours at the 500-level in art history courses, excluding AH 598—Thesis Hours and 590 MA Paper Research. All students are required to take courses from at least four different tenured and tenure-track UIC Art History faculty members.

2. Required Courses: AH 510 and 511. Teaching assistants are also required to take AH 512. Of the remaining course work selected with an advisor, all students are required to take at least one course in each of the following areas: 

                Ancient/Medieval/Early Modern (before 1800); 
                Modern/Contemporary (after 1800); and 
                Africa/Asia/Indigenous Americas    

Highly Recommended
The department encourages interdisciplinary study and research. Students should explore course offerings in other departments within the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and UIC.            

B. Transfer Credit

1. The specific number of transfer credit hours accepted for transfer is determined on an individual basis. No transfer is automatic.  

2. Maximum allowed transfer credit: No more than 9 semester hours of previous graduate work.                

3. The GPC evaluates the student’s petition for transfer credit and makes a recommendation to the Graduate College.   

4. Non-degree credit: Individuals enrolled as non-degree students who are subsequently admitted as degree candidates may petition to transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate credit in which grades of A or B were earned.