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How long will it take?

90 credit hours

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Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The deadlines for submitting applications are as follows (although earlier submission is encouraged):

  • Spring Application Deadline: October 15
  • Fall Application Deadline: March 16

Art History, Dual Undergraduate/Graduate

The Ernest G. Welch School of Arts & Design and The College of the Arts offer a dual undergraduate/graduate degree program in Art History. The program provides students with the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as short a period as five years.

Acceptance into the dual-degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate-degree program. Admission to the graduate program occurs in the senior year and is contingent upon 1) earning a bachelor’s degree, 2) maintaining the required program grade-point average, 3) performing in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree program and 4) meeting the other admission requirements of the specific program.

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers a B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.A. in Studio Art, and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles.

  • B.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
  • Area-specific, merit scholarship opportunities.
  • Year-round exhibitions in the Welch School Galleries & student-run galleries.
  • The Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, bringing in speakers around the country and world.
  • 24-hour studio and building access.


Program Details

Dual B.A. in Art (Art History Concentration) / M.A. in Art History

The department offers a dual bachelor of arts degree with an Art History concentration and master of arts degree in Art History. The dual-degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be accepted into the dual-degree program by the school and College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following the college’s processes, though  GRE scores are not required for admission into the M.A. in Art History if applying through the dual-degree program. Students accepted into the master’s program via the dual-degree program are only allowed to pursue the non-thesis track.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, students should be in their junior (third) year of undergraduate work and have an overall Institutional GPA of 3.5. They should already have completed AH 3000 and at least two AH courses at the 4000 level. Application to the program involves completing a personal statement of goals and interests for enrollment in the dual-degree program.

Application Process

Students seeking to apply for a dual undergraduate/graduate program should carefully review the specific program requirements in the undergraduate catalog. Those eligible to apply should complete the dual-degree application and submit it to the College of The Arts (Suite 990, 55 Park Place). A summary of these processes is on the dual degree website.

More information on Georgia State's undergraduate tuition can be found on the student financial service website.

Once in the program, Ernest G. Welch students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, nominated by the faculty. New area awards and scholarships are announced every Spring semester.

Goals and outcomes upon completion of an Dual Degree B.A. & M.A. in Art History include:

  • Emphasizing the study of visual art in relation to the historical and cultural contexts in which it was created.
  • Training in different time periods and geographical areas of art history, while also gaining depth of knowledge in a particular specialization.
  • Providing a foundation for individuals who wish to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as undertake doctoral studies.
  • Establishing a network with local arts organizations and museums.
  • Presenting research at art history conferences and symposia including the Art History Graduate Forum.



The graduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in the world of contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship.

Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, networking with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conference to international art fair participation, artist residencies and assistantships to develop practical skills and garner teaching experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and Web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, kindergarten through 12th grade art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators and art appraisers, among others.


Susan Richmond
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Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
10 Peachtree Center Avenue SE
117 Art & Humanities Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30303

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The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.