Master of Arts in the Field of Decorative Arts and Design History

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

42 credits, as follows: Thesis option—21 credits in required courses, 3 credits of CDAD 6902 Internship, 6 credits in CDAD 6903 Thesis Research, and 12 credits in elective courses; non-thesis option—21 credits in required courses, 3 credits of CDAD 6902 Internship,18 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a comprehensive oral and written examination. All students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English, to be assessed by examination. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate from the program.   

Required
Foundation courses
CDAD 6570Proseminar in Decorative Arts and Design
CDAD 6571Survey of Decorative Arts and Design I
CDAD 6572Survey of Decorative Arts and Design II
Core courses
CDAD 6573Material Culture Theory
CDAD 6574Topics in Medium-Based Decorative Arts and Design
CDAD 6575Non-Western Influences in Decorative Arts and Design
CDAD 6902Internship
MSTD 6201Introduction to Museum Collections
or MSTD 6301 Museum Exhibitions: Curatorial Research
or MSTD 6304 Museum Exhibition Development
or MSTD 6305 Visitor Perspectives: Museum Evaluation in Exhibitions
Thesis
CDAD 6903Thesis Research (taken twice for a total of 6 credits by students who choose the thesis option)
Electives
Thesis option: Students who choose the thesis option, and take CDAD 6903 for a total of 6 credits, take 4 elective courses (12 credits).
Non-thesis option: Students who choose to take the master's comprehensive exam instead of writing a thesis take 6 elective courses (18 credits).