Department of Art and Art History Art History

Graduate Program Tuition and Support

Tuition and Fees

Effective September 1, 2011. Tuition and fees are established by the State of Texas Legislature and are subject to change

Tuition per semester for 9 hours of coursework (a full-time course load in the Art History graduate program)

Texas Residents
Non-Residents of Texas


Additional Financial Information

Tuition, Fees, and Other Costs
Financing Your Education


It is assumed that all applicants seek financial support for their graduate studies. The Art History Graduate Adviser, in consultation with the Art History Admissions Committee, nominates outstanding applicants who meet the eligibility guidelines for fellowships; applicants need not complete a separate request to be considered for fellowships or assistantships. Nominations for fellowships are based solely on academic merit.

College of Fine Arts Recruitment Fellowships

  • For incoming students
  • $10,000 stipend dispersed over nine months
  • $1,119 additional supplement for health insurance
  • $3,784 tuition assistance each long semester
  • Eligibility to pay tuition at the in-state rate
  • PhD students awarded this fellowship receive two additional years of funding in the form of Teaching Assistantships

Department Recruitment Fellowships

  • For incoming students
  • 4–5 awards
  • $8,000 – $24,000
  • Eligibility to pay tuition at the in-state rate

Competitive Academic Scholarships

  • Awarded to students at all stages of program, including those entering
  • Approximately 25 awards
  • $1,000
  • Eligibility to pay tuition at the in-state rate

Department and College Funds

  • Awarded to PhD students
  • Varying amounts
  • To support travel for research

Professional Development Awards

  • Awarded primarily to PhD students
  • To defray travel expenses associated with presenting papers (based on original research)

Graduate School Continuing Fellowship

  • 1-year fellowships awarded in a university competition
  • Art History faculty nominate one or two advanced art history doctoral students for this fellowship to support dissertation research and writing
  • $18,000 stipend dispersed over nine months
  • $1,119 additional supplement for health insurance
  • $3,784 tuition assistance each long semester
  • Eligibility to pay tuition at the in-state rate


Teaching Assistantships are awarded to PhD students upon recommendation by the faculty and are an important part of funding doctoral studies. Teaching Assistants (TAs) are assigned to assist an instructor with an introductory Art History survey course and attend twice-weekly lectures, lead three discussion sections per week, and grade the work of the students in those sections. Each year, thirteen Teaching Assistantships are awarded; the current stipend for Teaching Assistants is $6,120 per semester. TAs must take the teaching technique course Supervised Teaching in Art History (ARH 398T) during the first term of employment and normally do not serve as TAs for more than four long semesters.

Advanced PhD students are employed as Assistant Instructors (AIs) who conduct and organize their own classes; these AIs usually teach one introductory Art History survey each semester for two semesters.

All students appointed as TAs or AIs for 20 hours per week for a period of 4.5 months or longer qualify to pay tuition at the in-state rate, receive tuition assistance and are eligible for the same health insurance benefits offered to faculty and staff.

Each semester, graduate students may apply for positions as a Grader for a large introductory/survey or upper-division class. Once assigned to grade for a course, the Grader must attend all lectures and grade all exams and assignments for the course. The number of Grader positions varies each year, and the salary is based on the number of students in the class. Graduate students may also be employed on a part-time basis in the Blanton Museum of Art or the Fine Arts Library.

All student employees must be be in good academic standing (maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and making satisfactory progress towards the degree). Students employed as TAs, AIs, and Graders must have no more than one incomplete grade and remain registered for nine semester hours of coursework during each long semester of employment. Renewal of any of these positions depends on a satisfactory faculty evaluation of the student's performance.