MA History of Art

The Master of Arts in the field of History of Art dissertation is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.


A Masters Degree can be undertaken in three different ways: by dissertation, by dissertation and practical project, or by coursework and research report, or by dissertation only. Dissertation students are required to work with a supervisor to produce either a dissertation of 40,000 words, or a dissertation of 20,000 words in combination with a practical project. 


Master of Art in the field of History of Art by dissertation:
Requirements: dissertation or dissertation and creative practice


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate. 
  • A supervisor from the Department must be identified and approached prior to application. 

Documentation required 

  • Complete Application  
  • Transcripts 
  • Certified copies of qualifications 
  • Motivation 
  • CV 
  • Sample of writing (i.e. honours essay paper) 
  • 1 page description of intended research

Additional entry requirements may apply.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

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For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.