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Winterthur Program in American Material Culture MA



Program Overview

The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture is a two-year program leading to a Master of Arts. The Program provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of American decorative arts and material culture, defined as the history and philosophy of people and their things. The Program is a cooperative effort of the University and the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Related areas are American fine and decorative arts, social and cultural history, literature, and museum studies. The Program teaches research strategies for analyzing materials, processes, and design and for interpreting cultural meanings and contexts. Resources include the extraordinary object and library collections at the Winterthur Museum, special collections and digital media at the University of Delaware, and field-based learning in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Requirements For Admission

Required Supplemental Documents:
Academic Writing Sample (minimum 7 pages, maximum 20 pages)

Supplemental Application (includes required supplemental short essay prompt)

Following holistic review of all applications, sixteen selected applicants will be invited to participate in a 3-day weekend of required in-person interviews at the Winterthur Museum (generally scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd Thursday through Saturday each March). Reasonable costs for attending Interview Weekend are covered by the Museum.

Winterthur Fellowships

All admitted students receive a fellowship which provides full tuition and an annual stipend. Application for the Program/fellowships is through the University of Delaware’s Office of Graduate and Professional Education Consult the Program’s website ( for current information. In order to be considered, all application materials, including GRE scores, must be received no later than Monday, January 4, 2021. Admission is by fellowship only.

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture–MA: $1,898.00


Application Deadline:


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