Department of Art and Art History Graduate Admissions

Art History Graduate Admissions Overview

  • Admission is for fall semester only; no spring or summer admission (no exceptions)
  • No deferred admission
  • No admission for non-degree seeking students

Application Deadline

Application materials are submitted electronically and must be received by:

December 15, fall admissions only

Late applications will not be accepted (no exceptions) and GRE scores must be submitted by the deadline.

Admissions decisions are completed by the first week in April

Admissions Statistics

For fall 2012 semester:

MA Program
122 applicants, 31 admitted, 10 matriculated

PhD Program
61 applicants, 13 admitted, 8 matriculated


Applicants must apply to the university's Graduate School in addition to the department and therefore must meet the minimum admissions requirements set by the Graduate School.

An undergraduate degree in Art History is not required; however, all applicants to the master's program 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. If you do not yet have a master's degree awarded or in progress, you cannot apply to the doctoral program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The University of Texas at Austin requires that all graduate applicants submit a current GRE score. Art History does not require a minimum GRE score to apply.

For those admitted to the MA program in fall 2012, the average total score (combined verbal and quantitative scores) on the Revised GRE is 317; the average Writing score is 4.75. Successful applicants to the PhD program average somewhat higher. The GRE score is a supporting part of the application; applicants are not denied or offered admission solely on the basis of their GRE score.

It is recommended that you take the GRE no later than December 15 to allow sufficient time for the scores to be reported to the University of Texas at Austin.


The Art History Admissions Committee awards all funding on the basis of academic merit; there is no separate application for fellowships or assistantships. Teaching Assistantships are awarded only to doctoral-level students.