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Graduate Art History Program FAQ

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Application Process


Can I do the program through distance learning?


Can I do the program part-time?

Only under certain circumstances. Please arrange an appointment with the Graduate Advisor to discuss this.

Do you offer dual-degrees with other graduate programs?

No, but you may supplement your work in Art History with one of the university’s many Graduate Portfolio Programs (Museum Studies, Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship, etc).


How do I fund my degree?

Assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are available, but not guaranteed. Financial support will be included in letters of admission.

Do I have to submit a separate application to receive fellowships or grants?

All candidates who are offered admission are automatically considered for funding possibilities. However, to meet students’ financial need as best as possible, we strongly recommend all applicants fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not they plan to take out student loans or grants.

Visiting Campus

Can I schedule an individual appointment and/or tour with faculty and/or staff?

Students are welcome to set up visits with current faculty, either in person or virtually. Due to the volume of applicants, tours are not generally provided. Students accepted to the program may be invited to visit campus in the spring semester. Learn more about planning a visit.

Can I sit in on a graduate seminar?

Please reach out to the Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator to request to sit in on a class. .

Application Process

Can I apply to the MA or PhD program if I do not have an art history degree or background?

Strong applicants holding degrees from fields outside art history will be considered.

Do I have to have a master’s degree to apply to the PhD program?

You must have a master’s degree to apply to our PhD program. If you are pursuing a master’s in our MA program and wish to apply to the PhD program, you may do so during your final semester in a streamlined, internal-applicant process.

Do you have spring admissions?


How long should my statement be?

Content is more important than length, although typically the statement is one or two single-spaced pages.

Do my writing samples have to be things I wrote in college?

PhD applicants should submit their MA thesis. Generally, the writing samples for MA applicants should include your senior or honors thesis and a college research paper. Other types of writing can be substituted if you feel it represents your most important work. The writing samples serve to demonstrate your ability to research and think creatively about complex intellectual problems.

Is the GRE required?

Check back for information about the GRE requirement.

How high do my GRE scores need to be for admission to the MA and PhD programs?

Check back for information about the GRE requirement.

There are no minimum GRE scores required for admission to the graduate program in Art History. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to its evaluation of applicants; the GRE score is only one part of a much larger picture. It is probably fair to say that a very strong application is rarely disqualified by less-than-stellar performance on the GRE.

When will I receive an admissions decision?

Applicants should receive a decision before the end of February.

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