Art History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • German
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The Master program offers a modern, career-focused course of study by allowing students to choose their preferred subjects.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master program in Art History (major) is a research-oriented art history program with five subject areas ( Early Art History, Art History of the Modern Era, History of Modern and Contemporary Art, Architecture History and Monument Preservation, and History of Textile Arts).

Programme Structure

Program structure

The program is divided into the Master program (generally in the 7th and 8th semesters) and the final phase (generally in the 9th and 10th semesters).
The Master program consists of three advanced modules and art history electives. Each advanced module encompasses a lecture and a master seminar. The art history elective requirement can be met by attending specially labeled courses at the Institute of Art History, regardless of the student's main subject area or the type of course in question. The art history electives are designed to expand the student's knowledge in specific areas. The advanced modules and
the art history elective courses include performance checks at the end of the courses.

The final phase of the program consists of a subject field module that encompasses a lecture, a master seminar and a research colloquium. This module also concludes with a performance check.
Lectures and master seminars in at least two of the five subject areas must be completed during both phases of the program.

Excursions and internships are designed to enhance empirical research skills.

The Master program in Art History (major) is concluded with a master thesis and an examination in "Advanced Art History".

Combination possibilities

The Master's degree program in Art History consists of a major with 90 ECTS credits and a minor with 30 ECTS credits.

Any subject taught in a sufficient scope at the University of Bern can be chosen as a minor. However, students are not permitted to have a major and minor in the same branch of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master's degree program in Art History (major):

a)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major or minor in Art History (120 and 60 ECTS credits, respectively)b)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of studies, provided that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum 60 ECTS credits.
Additional attainments can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for the minor as presented in the plan of studies.

The bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.

Language requirements

a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages

Evidence of language proficiency must be presented before the master's degree program can be completed. These language skills are acquired as part of extracurricular studies during the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.


For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 770 International
  • EUR 770 EU/EEA

Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester


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