Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works/History of Art and Archaeology (MS/MA)

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Program Description

The Graduate School offers a dual degree for students interested in exploring conservation of historic/artistic works, and the history of art and archaeology. Candidates for the Institute of Fine Arts must have a background in the liberal arts, normally including at least four courses of undergraduate art history.

Beginning in their second year of study, students specialize in one of the following primary areas of study: conservation of paintings; objects, including textiles; paper and photographs, including library and archive (books); and time-based media. Many sub-specialties exist within these areas. Students may additionally declare a special interest in modern and contemporary or archaeological art conservation and take coursework towards these areas. Upper-level courses in each of these areas, as well as individualized instruction from conservators and scientists in the New York City area, are available.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Fine Arts for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.