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  1. I think not! In my experience, I've seen some people with two MAs. Usually, they are in different areas, or somehow fulfill a different area of study than each other. Like, some folks get a degree in Archaeology or Anthropology, and then in Art History, or in Art History, then museum education. If you're planning to get a second MA in basically the same thing your first one is in, that might look a bit strange. You'd need to make a clear case why a second MA is the right fit, as opposed to a PhD or something else entirely. Besides the prestige of a different university, what would you ho
  2. I'm not sure if this answer is entirely helpful, but are you too late? No, but it may still be a wise choice to wait. You could certainly start work now and put a lot of attention on your applications. I would be very selective with your schools, and work to get your requests to meet with POIs out in the next two weeks. I'd also start working closely with your previous advisors (get in touch ASAP, express your interest in the program) and speak with your current advisors. Is your worry about not getting full support about getting weak recommendation letters, or about not getting as much ha
  3. Hey @onomatopoeia_! I think this ^ is a legitimate concern. And there are others on this forum who will (vehemently) tell you that it's not worth it, or that the job market is so competitive that you need that top tier school to get anywhere. My two cents is that going to a relatively good university, but with a strong community and a supportive advisor will do you more good than an overly rigorous and cutthroat ivy. You'll have the support you need to publish and go to conferences, and to complete the program successfully without burning out. However, it's definitely something to conside
  4. Hi @onomatopoeia_! The above responses are full of good advice. I wanted to add two points. First, though I can imagine it was really hard to hear your advisor's negative response, this may not be as negative as it seems. Like the others above, it seems like your advisor is suggesting that you manage your expectations. Even with an MA, the applications are /extremely/ competitive in this field. You can be very very qualified, and still get in nowhere. It's also been 6 years since your advisor knew you as a student! Perhaps you have grown significantly in your writing and research skill
  5. Hey @Tatiana135, it sounds like you're precisely on the right track then! And hooray about NYU -- I didn't realize they were accepting MAs this year. Great news for you! I have heard particularly good things about Williams, Columbia, and Tufts for curatorial goals. I think that's more of a subjective aspect, but when I applied, I looked for a slant in the language of the program's description and in placements of recent alumni. Do they require certain coursework in museum studies towards the degree, or do they also offer a museum studies program where you could take certain classes? I
  6. Hi @Tatiana135, I think that going for an MA with a BA in Anthropology is not a stretch, even if you are changing time periods. I also think the time direction you are shifting will work in your favor - contemporary will not require ancient Greek or Latin, so you won't be behind in language study. I imagine you would speak about how your anthropology perspective will allow you to approach the social movements you expect to study as both an art historian and a social historian. And that your Classics background, I would guess, has given you a concrete set of tools to closely analyze objects
  7. Hi! I second what @CHINESEGOLD has expressed: go for it. A 3.0 is a little low, but not appallingly so. If you have a clear picture of what you want from the program and how you are an effective candidate, that will go much further than your GPA. Plus, if you can highlight the ways that you have turned your academic struggles into successes or strengths, you could demonstrate your tenacity and capacity to pivot, which are both good personal qualities.
  8. Hi! I know you just messaged me, but to answer this specific question publicly -- yes, reaching out to faculty is super important. You need to stand out from 100-300 applications to be not only academically in the top 10, but personally someone the faculty want to work with. Think of this like a job application. If you just send off the application and let it go, you might be awesome, but you will not do as well as the person who has used their networking connections, or done an informational interview. They might be bothered, so you should always be polite. But it's their job to work wit
  9. Hi @paulab! Glad to help I also thought a lot about funding when I was applying, although I've realized that the cost of living is very different -- so the difference between a 36k stipend at UC Berkeley and a 28k one in New Haven might not be as wide as it appears. Is your specific interest mod/con Latin American art? You might look at Ana Maria Reyes at Boston University -- that's where I'm headed this fall and am happy to answer any questions you have. Thanks!!
  10. Hi @paulab! Here are a few criteria I used to narrow down my focus. Like you, I wanted a school in the Northeast and my area is in modern art. Beyond the faculty I already knew about, or who were already recommended to me as potential POIs, I wanted to assess some other schools and to look at their faculty. I actually made up a little worksheet with some of the following criteria and used it to search each department's website. I used these criteria on the schools and people I already knew I wanted to work with, and worked to expand my list too. I started with CAA's directory of prog
  11. For a PhD program, $0. If you get into a doctoral program and they do not offer funds, it's not worth it to accept the offer. I know that there are very limited MA programs with full funding, and that it's difficult to get into a doctoral program without an MA. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-postsecondary/reports/2020/01/13/479220/graduate-school-debt/ < This article breaks it down in pretty specific detail. It talks about using a percentage of your income to decide how much of a loan you should take out. If you're looking at adjuncting, you might make betwe
  12. Hello! I'm looking for advice on places to live around Boston with decent/consistent parking availability, probably outside of Boston proper. Do you have any advice to share? Thanks!
  13. Hey @sophsan! I'd also add that you'll want to do the work in your statement of purpose of weaving in the connections between your BA major and your plans for your MA. Political Science and Theology could definitely have ideological underpinnings that relate to your planned work in art history. Use that to your advantage -- position yourself as particularly unique because you have this wider background. I'd also suggest emphasizing some of that added research experience you mentioned. Something your readers will be concerned about is that art history has a particular way of writing hi
  14. @theproblemseeker I think probably yes, it can play into the selection process. Since the programs are so small (at least in the US, where I am speaking from my own experience), any small thing could hinder your application. That said, if you have good research experience, strong recommendations, excellent writing skills, some language background, and maybe some conferences or papers under your belt, it would make up for a less well-known university. You will probably also want to spend some extra time networking, since your current faculty may not have the same amount and level of conn
  15. Hi @lellabee ! I'm not sure what @arthistorygc ending up finding, but I'm happy to put in my two cents. I agree with both these above comments! Bard is an excellent program if your focus is more so on decorative arts/craft and material culture more so than traditional art history, but it sounds like maybe you're more the traditional route? Jason Hill at UDelaware, possibly look at University of Southern California, Boston University - Kim Sichel for photography. CUNY has several modern and contemporary faculty - Claire Bishop jumps to mind. Possibly University of Minnesota and Univers
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