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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of graduate art history program does APU offer?

APU’s art history master’s program is an online degree that focuses on modern and contemporary art.

How many units are in this program?

The program requires 36–39 semester units.

How often will I need to be online for this program?

You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount or designated time that you will be required to be online since assignments and deadlines will vary throughout each course.

Will I have to complete any part of my Online Master of Arts in Modern Art History program at an APU campus location?

No. You can complete your degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.

How soon can I finish this program?

This program can be completed in as little as 24 months.

Do I have to take the classes in a specific order?

No, you are welcome to take the classes in any order. The only exceptions are: ART 618 MA Thesis I: Research and ART 625 MA Thesis II: Writing, which must be taken after all other courses have been completed.

Is there training available for the online learning environment?

Yes. View a training video, provided by APU’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

Should I take one or two classes per term?

Your course load is entirely up to you and depends on your work schedule and other commitments.

During what terms are classes offered?

During the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, we offer classes during the following 9- and 5-week sessions:

Please view the current Graduate Academic Calendar for more details.

What classes are offered this term, and what classes will you offer next term?

Please see our Course Schedule, which shows the courses offered each term and in what session.

I work full-time. Are courses offered in an asynchronous format?

Yes, the program is fully online and asynchronous in format. It is designed to accommodate those who work or teach full-time. Coursework and assignments are scheduled in a way that allows more flexibility for students.

Is financial aid available?

Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you. For details, contact the Student Account Counselor for this program, Kathleen Johnson, at (626) 815-4543 or kejohnson@apu.edu.

The Department of Art and Design also offers partial scholarships to two students each semester who have already completed at least one course in the modern art history program. Scholarship amounts are subject to change and availability. More information will be emailed to enrolled students when the scholarships are available.

What is the online learning environment like?

Please view this training video, provided by APU’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

What books will I need to purchase for my class?

Please email your course instructor directly, or contact the University Bookstore at (800) 933-1950.

How does the M.A. in Modern Art History address religion and art history? Is the program open to students from various faith backgrounds?

Classes in the modern art history program offer many opportunities to dialogue about religion, faith, and art.

The mission of the Azusa Pacific University Department of Art and Design is to prepare art students for a lifetime of artistic expression and to cultivate individual creativity through the study of history, technique, presentation, and social engagement, as a reflector of the creative and transformative nature of God. Learn more about the Department of Art and Design.

Applicants should:

While APU is a distinctively Christian institution, students do not have to be Christians to be admitted. However, every student is encouraged to be open to learning about the Christian faith.

Read more about the general university requirements for graduate program applicants.

What is faith integration?

Learn more about Christian faith integration in research, teaching, and scholarship at APU through the Office of Faith Integration.

What languages do you accept for the foreign language requirement?

We accept all oral, modern foreign languages offered by a CLEP or FLATS exam. Unfortunately, sign language (ASL) cannot fulfill this requirement. Please contact the Learning Enrichment Center to confirm the language tests offered by the CLEP and FLATS exams.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.