Top Universities in Art History

The Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University is one of the best in the country, rated top in the NRC study of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States. It offers the doctoral degree program in a wide range of fields from Ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology to contemporary art and critical theory: Aegean, Greek, Roman, western Medieval, Byzantine, Italian, French and British Renaissance and Baroque, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century European art, and the history of photography. Students intending to study for the doctoral degree should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. There are also several independent M.A. programs, with duration of approximately two or one and a half years. (website:

The Department of Art History at New York University is rated in the Top 2 departments nationally. It offers courses in the history and criticism of the visual arts in major world cultures.

Ranking of top universities in Art History Doctoral Programs:

1. Columbia

2. NYU

3. Berkeley

4. Harvard

5. Yale

6. Princeton

7. Johns Hopkins

8. Northwestern

9. Penn

10. Chicago

Source: National Research Council 1995

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