What will I learn?

The Ph.D. programs in Art History offer advanced training in the study of visual and material culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The Queen’s Art History program is strongly committed to mentoring and training graduate students in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and issues, including the technical examination of art, gender studies, critical theory, cultural representation and the relationships among art, literature, and science.


Students have the opportunity to receive credits for specific courses for time spent in Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the ROM and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. The Bader Fellowship allows Ph.D. students to research in Europe. Other opportunities depend on the topic and funding available.

Method of Completion

Ph.D.: Course work, demonstration of a reading knowledge of language(s) (depending on the topic), field essays and field exams, thesis proposal, thesis

Career paths - employment opportunities

  • Academic and teaching appointments
  • Museum, curatorial and cultural policy positions
  • Writing and publishing
  • Commercial Galleries and Auction Houses

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,927.45 (US$ 10,173) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021


Faculty of Arts and Science

Dunning Hall - First Floor,

94 University Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K7L 3N6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Master’s degree with a minimum B+ standing, demonstrated research potential and clear interests. Applicants must have TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): The minimum overall score is 88, made up of the minimum scores in each component test as follows: Writing test: 24/30; Speaking test: 22/30; Reading test: 22/30; Listening test: 20/30; MELAB: 80 (minimum overall score); IELTS: 7 (minimum score, academic module); PTE Academic: 65 (minimum overall score).

For international students

Honours B.A. or equivalent, M.A. with A average in the primary courses.

If required, international students TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. MELAB: 80 (minimum overall score); IELTS: 7 (minimum score, academic module); PTE Academic: 65 (minimum overall score).