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Graduate Admissions: Art History

The graduate Art History program offers both MA and PhD degrees. While application to each is separate, the procedure and required materials is the same.

An undergraduate degree in Art History is not required for admission to the MA program, but all applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate coursework in Art History or a closely related area.

Applicants to the PhD program must have a master’s degree or anticipate the award of a master’s degree prior to the beginning of the fall semester for which you are applying. The master’s degree may be in Ar History or an area related to your primary focus within Art History. If you do not yet have a master’s degree awarded or in progress, you cannot apply to the doctoral program.


The University of Texas at Austin believes that a highly talented and diverse student body can significantly enhance the character and quality of the academic culture and community. To this end, the university is continuously engaged in an effort to increase the pool of graduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.

As authorized by the Board of Regents and beginning with the academic year 2005-2006, The University of Texas at Austin has added race and ethnicity to the criteria considered for admission of freshmen, graduate students, and law students, and to the awarding of scholarships and fellowships in those cases when an individualized and full file review is conducted as part of the selection process.

Important Admissions Dates

The program admits students for fall semester only, and deferred admission is not allowed.

December 15 — 11:59pm
Application deadline (all materials due); Late applications will not be accepted (no exceptions)

First week in April
Applicants notified of admission decisions

April 15 (National Signing Day)
Deadline to accept or decline offer of admission

Application Materials

More information about these materials is included on the Apply page.

  • ApplyTexas Application
  • Application Fee ($65 for U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants; $90 for International applicants)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • GRE Score
  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Test Score (international applicants only)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (submitted electronically by references)
  • Applicant Profile
  • CV / Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Writing Samples


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