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Degree Requirements

General
For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all outstanding prerequisites, completed a minimum of 48 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, completed at least one official internship, and had their qualifying paper proposal approved by their committee. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.

It is the student's responsibility to propose a qualifying paper topic and to select an advisor from the graduate faculty. Written proposals must be submitted to, and approved by, both the advisor and the committee before the student may proceed with the qualifying paper. Students, with their advisors, are invited to attend the committee's discussion of the proposal, to defend and clarify points. Students are encouraged to complete proposals by the end of their third graduate semester. Detailed guidelines are available in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Language Requirement
All students in the Art Market: Principles and Practices program are required to have a reading knowledge of either French, Italian, Spanish, or German (though other foreign languages appropriate to the field of study will also be considered). This requirement must be met by the end of the second semester of study, or if studying part time, by the time the student completes the equivalent of one full-time year of coursework. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing two years (four semesters) of college-level language study, or by passing a written examination administered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Internship
All students are required to complete an internship at an appropriate art institution. Though course credit is only granted for one internship, students may choose to serve additional internships for networking opportunities and as aids to professional growth.

Internships may be pursued during the academic year or during the summer. Internships require a minimum commitment of 135 hours, which equals one or two days a week for a full semester, or for summer internships, four to six weeks of full-time work. Past student internships have included positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum (New York and Venice), The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum for African Art, Deitch Projects, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Julie Saul Gallery, Jim Kemper Fine Art, Gagosian Gallery, Gorney, Bravin & Lee, Exit Art, James Cohan Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Romare Bearden Foundation, Gottlieb Foundation, the International Center of Photography, and Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses.

Current lists of internship opportunities, descriptions, guidelines, and procedures are kept on file in the Office of Graduate Studies. Each student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, makes a formal application for a position, and if selected, reports directly to a staff member at the internship location, who then supervises and evaluates the student's work. Students are required to maintain an internship journal, and to write an essay summarizing their experience.

Academic credit cannot be granted for any internship that has not been approved by the faculty advisor before the internship begins.

Qualifying Paper
The qualifying paper may take the form of a scholarly research paper or article, an exhibition proposal or catalogue, a business or marketing plan, a grant proposal, a collection survey, or an interpretive program utilizing a variety of media, including electronic media.

Students should select a topic whose research and explication is completely manageable within a single year. When completed, a qualifying paper -- including but not limited to text, footnotes, bibliography, and illustrations -- should not exceed 30-40 pages in length.

It is the student's responsibility to propose a topic and to select an advisor from the graduate faculty. Written proposals must be submitted to, and approved by, both the advisor and the committee before the student may proceed. Students, with their advisors, are invited to attend the committee's discussion of the proposal, to defend and clarify points. Students are encouraged to complete proposals by the end of their third graduate semester. Detailed guidelines are available in the Office of Graduate Studies.

Revised Qualifying Paper Guidelines 10/12 (PDF)

Time Requirement for Degree Completion

Students matriculating full time will have three years to complete all degree requirements, including the qualifying paper (two years of coursework plus one year to write and complete the qualifying paper). Part-time students will have five years to complete all degree requirements (a maximum of four years of course work plus one year to write and complete the qualifying paper).
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