Program for the PhD Degree in History of Art & Architecture

Eight one-semester courses are required for the PhD; it is recommended that two of these eight courses be in disciplines other than History of Art & Architecture. A second language is required for the doctoral program. The language will be determined by the faculty advisor and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The PhD qualifying examination, taken following the completion of coursework and with three examiners, consists of an oral and written component and is prerequisite to the writing of the dissertation. It is designed to confirm the student’s mastery of a field of specialization and a comprehensive knowledge of two others. The oral portion of the qualifying examination lasts two hours and incorporates images and discussion. The written component of the exam consists of a research paper designed to demonstrate the student’s facility in carrying out research in one of the student’s chosen fields of expertise. Within two weeks of accepting the assigned topic, the student must produce a research paper of approximately fifteen to twenty pages, with footnotes and a bibliography. When all three examiners have read and approved the research paper, the student will be notified of successful passage to candidacy by the primary advisor or the DGS. A dissertation prospectus signed and approved by the first and second readers must be submitted to the DGS for Graduate Studies Committee approval. After a completed draft of the dissertation is approved by the first and second readers, the candidate will make arrangements to defend the dissertation before a committee of five or more persons, including the first and second readers.

For a specific timeline for the PhD click here, for further information please contact:

Greg Williams
Director of Graduate Studies

725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 215D
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 358-0038
Fax: (617) 353-3243