Visual Arts Doctoral Programs

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Doctor of Philosophy

The requirements for admission into the Ph.D. program in art history are an appropriately related master’s or equivalent graduate degree as well as meeting all of the minimum admission requirements for the University, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and the OU School of Visual Arts, including English proficiency scores, GPA and GRE requirements as well as submitting writing samples and letters of recommendation. Writing samples and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to the school along with the internal OU School of Visual Arts Ph.D. application. If the master’s degree is less than the 36 hours required for the degree, the student will be admitted conditionally until the deficiencies are completed and the student is acceptable to the program.

The OU application and transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment. International applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate mastery of English and submit satisfactory TOEFL scores.

Degree Requirements

A total of 90 hours will be required for the degree with an emphasis in Native American Art or Art of the American West. Students must take a minimum of 30 hours of Art History courses beyond the master’s, 21 of which must be at the 6000-level with a 3.00 grade point average. Students may supplement those courses with approved electives in History, Anthropology, Literature, Music, Native American Studies or other areas appropriate to their studies and integrated dissertation topic. Reading proficiency in French, German, Italian or Spanish will be required as well as familiarity in native languages appropriate to specific dissertation topics. This proficiency may be met as part of the M.A. degree. Once admitted to the program, students will be evaluated annually under the existing Graduate College and OU School of Visual Arts guidelines for graduate students. Students must meet enrollment and residency minimums and must be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree.

Students are required to present a formal dissertation proposal to their full committee and the graduate liaison following the successful completion of the general examination and prior to the approval of final dissertation work. A dissertation defense must be successfully completed before the document may be officially filed according to University of Oklahoma doctoral degree requirements.