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There is still time to apply for fall 2019 entry to our MA and PhD programs. Applications are due Friday, January 4, 2019.

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MA and PhD students at Bard Graduate Center study the cultural history of the material world with a global scope, from distant antiquity to the developments of yesterday and tomorrow. For over 25 years, our object-based approach to learning has been training future curators and researchers to ask new questions about our shared history. Founded in 1993 as a program dedicated to the history of design and decorative arts, BGC has expanded to include the crucial perspectives of anthropologists, archaeologists, cultural historians, and conservators to become the leading institute for interdisciplinary inquiry into material culture.

Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, BGC offers a two-year MA as well as a PhD program. Learn more from our faculty and current students. Schedule a visit at