Graduate Programs

  • Bard Center for Environmental Policy

    Earn a master of science degree or a professional certificate in environmental policy. Earn a master of science degree or a professional certificate in environmental policy.
  • Bard Conservatory of Music

    The conservatory offers M.M. programs in orchestral and choral conducting and in vocal performance. The conservatory offers M.M. programs in orchestral and choral conducting and in vocal performance.
  • Bard Graduate Center

    BGC offers programs of study leading to M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in decorative arts, design history, and material culture. BGC offers programs of study leading to M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in decorative arts, design history, and material culture.
  • Bard MBA in Sustainability

    The MBA in Sustainability is an innovative low-residency program, designed with working professionals in mind. The MBA in Sustainability is an innovative low-residency program, designed with working professionals in mind.
  • Center for Curatorial Studies

    Earn a master of arts degree in curatorial studies at our Annandale campus, with access to museum exhibition space, an exceptional library, and the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Earn a master of arts degree in curatorial studies at our Annandale campus, with access to museum exhibition space, an exceptional library, and the Marieluise Hessel Collection.
  • International Center of Photography

    The ICP-Bard program, based at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan, leads to an M.F.A. in photography through the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. The ICP-Bard program, based at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan, leads to an M.F.A. in photography through the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
  • Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy

    Study at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in this innovative two-year degree program. Study at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in this innovative two-year degree program.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

    The MAT Program integrates study in a discipline and in education, with locations in Annandale, New York City, California, and the West Bank. The MAT Program integrates study in a discipline and in education, with locations in Annandale, New York City, California, and the West Bank.
  • Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

    This interdisciplinary program leads to a master of fine arts degree in film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, or writing. This interdisciplinary program leads to a master of fine arts degree in film/video, music/sound, painting, photography, sculpture, or writing.
  • Longy School of Music of Bard College

    The Longy School is a leading conservatory and school of continuing and preparatory studies. (Photo by Kelly Davidson) The Longy School is a leading conservatory and school of continuing and preparatory studies. (Photo by Kelly Davidson)
Bard Center for Environmental Policy1 Bard Conservatory of Music2 Bard Graduate Center3 Bard MBA in Sustainability4 Center for Curatorial Studies5 International Center of Photography6 Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy7 Master of Arts in Teaching8 Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts9 Longy School of Music of Bard College10

Graduate Programs

Bard's graduate programs offer specialized courses of study in the studio and performing arts, the cultural history of the material world, the curating of the contemporary visual arts, environmental policy, sustainable business, economic theory and policy, and discipline-based teaching for secondary schools.

Each program prepares its students for the intellectual and practical challenges of their profession through research seminars, exhibition practicums, studio and performance critiques, chamber recitals, and professional internships, with scholars, practicing artists, curators, environmental policy makers, and educators. In culmination of these studies, the students prepare original scholarly theses, offer readings and group exhibitions of their creative work, curate exhibitions in the Center for Curatorial Studies galleries, and perform in concerts at Bard's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Each of Bard’s graduate programs leads to a master’s degree; one also has a Ph.D. program. Most important, through their innovative curricula, their bringing together emerging and accomplished practitioners, and their commitments to individual practice, these programs prepare their graduates to make informed, original contributions to their fields, to shape the future of their professions.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy was founded in 1999 to foster education, research, and public discussion on critical environmental issues. At the core of the center's activities is the one- or two-year program that leads to a master of science degree or a professional certificate in environmental policy. Graduates are prepared for environmental leadership in nonprofit organizations, government, and the private sector at the local, national, and international levels. VIEW MORE >>

Bard College Conservatory of Music

The Orchestral and Choral Conducting Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a two-year graduate curriculum that culminates in the master of music (M.M.) degree. The program's two tracks—orchestral conducting and choral conducting—have significant overlap. VIEW MORE >>

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture

Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is an international study and exhibition center in New York City devoted to the study of the cultural histories of the material world. The BGC offers programs of study leading to M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture. It also publishes a semiannual journal, organizes exhibitions, and offers a broad range of public programs. VIEW MORE >>

Bard MBA in Sustainability

The Bard MBA in Sustainability was founded in 2011 and enrolled its first class of students in fall 2012. The Bard MBA focuses on the business case for sustainability. The program trains students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives—the triple bottom line—to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. VIEW MORE >>

Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture

The Center for Curatorial Studies, founded in 1990, offers an innovative two-year graduate program leading to a master of arts degree in curatorial studies. Students take courses in the history and theory of contemporary art and other specialized topics in museum practice. VIEW MORE >>

Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy

The Levy Institute M.S. is an innovative two-year degree program that draws on the extensive research and policy expertise of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard CollegeThe program emphasizes theoretical and empirical aspects of policy analysis through specialization in one of four Levy Institute research areas: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being, including gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets. VIEW MORE >>

International Center of Photography–Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies

Founded in 2003, the ICP–Bard program awards an M.F.A. degree in photography under the auspices of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Based at the ICP facilities in Manhattan, the two-year curriculum offers a rigorous exploration of all aspects of photography through integrated practice, history, and critical study that utilize the resources of ICP's curatorial team and permanent collection. VIEW MORE >>

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Founded in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, the Longy School of Music became a part of Bard in 2012. Located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Longy School is a leading degree-granting conservatory and school of continuing and preparatory studies. It offers 11 programs leading to a master of music degree, as well as a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program in Los Angeles. Longy also offers undergraduate, graduate performance, and artist diplomas. VIEW MORE >>

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard College, founded in 2003, has at its core an integrated curriculum leading to a master of arts in teaching degree and New York State Initial Teaching Certification or California Single Subject Credentialing (grades 7–12) in one of five areas: biology/general science, literature/English, mathematics, music, and history/social science. Having completed an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, incoming students continue studies in that field while they take education courses that challenge them to apply the results of research and pedagogical analysis to the actual work of teaching. VIEW MORE >>

Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts

Founded in 1981, the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the master of fine arts degree in one of six fields. For three intensive summer sessions, students live and work in an environment that encourages proficiency in their work and recognizes the importance of engaged discussion to the artistic process. VIEW MORE >>