University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

M.A. in Visual Studies

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The MA in Visual Studies is a two-year, 36-credit program of study designed for a small, highly selective body of students who have already identified an intellectual project in keeping with faculty specializations. If admitted to the Visual Studies MA, you will work closely with faculty in developing an interdisciplinary course of study. Though a terminal degree, the MA in Visual Studies should be viewed as a stepping-stone to an eventual PhD, though acceptance in the MA program in Visual Studies does not guarantee ultimate admission to our PhD program.

Program Plan

Core Courses, 9 Credit Hours

  • VS 501 Intro to Visual Studies (3)
  • VS 505 Tactics of Praxis (3)
  • VS XXX Critical Theory requirement (3)

Directed Electives, 21 Credit Hours

  • Up to 9 credit hours may be Independent Studies and/or Supervised Readings

Master’s Thesis, 6 Credit Hours

  • VS 598 Thesis Guidance
  • VS 598 Thesis Guidance

For more information:

Apply to MA Program
> UB GrAdMIT on-line application

UB Graduate School
> Resource for prospective and current graduate students, faculty and staff

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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