Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. program in Art History at the University of Chicago. We are always ready to answer questions about the Ph.D. program, admissions, and the funding offered to all admitted students. To apply for the Ph.D. program, click here.

Please Note: The Art History department does not offer a terminal M.A. degree, but the University of Chicago has a one-year Masters Program in the Humanities, in which students can choose to concentrate in art history by taking courses in the department and writing a masters thesis with art history faculty. For more information, please see the MAPH program website.

For general questions about the graduate program that are not answered on the website, please contact the Director of Admissions in the Department of Art History at 

Students admitted to the graduate program are awarded a five-year fellowship package that includes full tuition, an annual living stipend, 2 summer stipends, and medical insurance. Teaching training is a vital part of the educational experience at the university and in the department. Students focus on their course requirements during the first and second years and fulfill the teaching requirements during the third year and either the fourth or fifth year in the program, allowing for a funded year of research off-campus in the remaining year. Students typically apply for university-based and external write-up fellowships for their sixth year.

If you are a prospective or admitted graduate student and would like to join a tour of campus, tours are offered by UChicago Grad and led by current graduate students. Offered Monday through Friday, tours leave from 970 E. 58th St,. on the 3rd floor of the bookstore and last approximately one hour. Walk-ins are welcome, but they ask that you please register in advance. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation, including links to directions and parking information. If you have additional questions or need special accommodations, please feel free to write to a tour coordinator at See for information of interest to visitors, including lodging information.

For information about graduate study at the University of Chicago, the city of Chicago, and the neighborhood of Hyde Park, see the University's pages for prospective students. We have also compiled a helpful list of resources related to Student Life at the University and in Chicago for your reference. All Undergraduate Admissions are handled by the College Admissions office.

We are pleased that you are considering the University of Chicago. Please do not hesitate to call on us.

For questions about the status of applications materials and other general questions about the admissions process, please contact the Office of Admissions of the Division of Humanities at or 773/702-1552.

Questions about the department and its admissions requirements may be directed to