Graduate Program Overview

The Master’s program at the O’Donnell Institute introduces students to a global history of art through close engagement with artworks held in Dallas-Fort Worth collections.


EODIAH Research Center at The Dallas Museum of Art; photo by Carolyn Brown.

Master’s students at the O’Donnell Institute explore a broad range of material across geography, chronology, and medium, building a strong foundation in historiography, theory, and professional practices. In their coursework and independent research projects, students draw on privileged access to public and private collections, outstanding research resources, and the innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives of O'Donnell Institute Scholars.

Students pursue their coursework and independent research in close collaboration with mentors at the O’Donnell Institute and its partner institutions, and have the opportunity to participate fully in the intellectual life of a center for advanced research.

Early (priority) application deadline for entrance into Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020. Regular application deadline is May 1, 2020. Final (late) application deadline is the day before the first day of class in August 2020.

To apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions Page.

Contact [email protected] for more information or to set up an appointment.

Download MA Program Brochure here.



For current information about the Fall 2020 semester, please visit the UT Dallas COVID-19 Policy Page.