Art History Department Checklist for Admissions

Applications should be initiated through the Humanities Division Admissions website. Paper applications are not accepted.

Deadline for admissions and financial aid is around mid-December.
The Department of Art History admits applicants once a year for the following fall quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for aid. All students are eligible to apply for university fellowships; the aid application is included. Opportunities for teaching assistantships and lectureships are included as part of aid packages after year 2.

All admitted students receive full funding for five years; for the sixth year, students usually compete for an external write-up grant or a university-sponsored write-up fellowship.

Campus Visits:
The Department does not require interviews for applicants, but you are welcome to visit the campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students. You may contact faculty with questions but there is no expectation that you do so.

Degree Objective:
The Department of Art History admits applicants only for the Ph.D. degree. We do not offer an MA program.

Three letters of reference should be included with your application.

Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL Scores:
Graduate Record Exam scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applicants, please see the Test Requirements page on the divisional website.

The University GRE code is: 1832
The Department GRE code is: 2999

Personal Statement:
All applicants should carefully state their purpose in pursuing a graduate degree. This statement is given considerable weight in the final decision regarding admission.

Writing Sample:
All applicants should submit a sample of their scholarly writing, which may be a course paper or an excerpt of an undergraduate or MA thesis. Length should be approximately 15-25 pages. Page count includes notes but does not include images (which should be included) or bibliography.


Scanned copies of official transcripts or unofficial electronic transcripts are acceptable for the admissions process. You do not need to submit official e-transcripts.

Application Fee:

The application fee is $90. 
Fee waivers are available for applicants who can demonstrate substantial financial hardship, applicants who are working for the Peace Corps, Teach for America, military veterans, and alumni of a variety of academic preparatory and service programs as detailed in the fee waiver form (see the instructions page of the online application for a link to the form). Please sumbit your fee waiver request form by December 1st. You will need to complete the online application fee waiver form (found on the "Instructions" page of the online application).

Admissions Decisions

All admissions decisions are sent in writing from the admissions office in early March. No decisions will be given in phone or email. Unless you are contacted by the department, please direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office (

If you have further questions about admissions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at