Graduate Art History Programs

The application deadline is December 15, 2016, 11:00pm CST.


Please do not send us ANY application materials by regular mail; the admissions process is entirely online. Applications and any application material submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed for admission. All application materials will be reviewed by the School of Art + Design Graduate Admissions Committee. Reviews will be finalized by mid-March, 2017. Applicants will be notified by email shortly after.

Preparing the Graduate Application

The application process is online. The application fee of $70 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. The fee is paid by credit card. 

The GRE exams are required for consideration for admission to both the MA and PhD Programs in Art History.

Application material. Upload the following:

  1. Transcripts: Upload (unofficial) transcripts/academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded and not listed on your transcript) to the online application.
  2. Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation are required. All letters should be submitted online by the recommenders and the instructions for this process are included with the online application. In addition to evaluating the applicant's scholarly achievements and potential, letters should also address the applicant's maturity, dependability, and potential for teaching.
  3. Resume:  Include relevant employment, internships and teaching and research experience, awards, record of scholarship and publications in the Statements section in the online application. This information will assist in consideration for graduate fellowship awards and graduate appointment positions.
  4. Statement of Intent:  This statement of 1000 words or less should describe your academic background and other relevant experience in relation to your academic interests and goals. Statements are uploaded in the Statements section in the online application.
  5. Writing Sample:  The Art History Program requires a sample of academic writing for both Masters and PhD applicants. The writing sample should be a recent example of scholarly work demonstrating the applicant's strengths as a researcher and writer. Please limit the sample to 25 pages. This writing sample is uploaded in the Statement section under Program-Specific Questions in the online application
  6. GRE Scores:  Please note that you must request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official score reports to institution code 1836. GRE scores are valid for 5 years.
  7. For international students:  Applicants must meet both the University of Illinois and the School of Art + Design TOEFL/IELTS requirements. For details and information about University requirements see
    • The School of Art + Design's English Proficiency Standards are higher than the general campus requirements: for Limited Status Admission we require a minimum total TOEFL score of 96 iBT, or a 6.5 IELTS score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections, and for the speak section at least a 7.
    • Test scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry. If you plan to begin your studies at the University of Illinois on August 28, 2017, your test scores cannot be dated from before August 28, 2015.
    • TOEFL/IELTS results have to be in by the deadline of December 15, 2016 to guarantee admission consideration. Plan your test accordingly.

Students admitted on limited status will be required to take an English Placement Test (EPT) shortly after arrival on campus. Depending on the results of this test, Limited Status students may be asked to take additional English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Please be aware that ESL courses do not count toward agree requirements. 

For important aspects of applying as an international student, please see:

Financial Aid and Funding

Graduate students in good standing in the School of Art + Design typically receive support packages that include waivers of full tuition and most fees. Applicants seeking financial aid should check the appropriate boxes on the Graduate Application online. International students are eligible for funding once they (almost) meet the UIUC campus oral English proficiency standards

The School of Art + Design encourages domestic applicants to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for possible Federal Work Study (FWS) Graduate Assistantships. To be considered for this financial aid, applicants should file a FAFSA application electronically using the FAFSA website. Additional information regarding this financial aid can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA) website. OFSA will notify applicants electronically if they are eligible for a FWS Graduate Assistantship.

The types of financial support provided by the School of Art and Design are: 

  1. Graduate Fellowships:  These are competitive awards granted by the University of Illinois Graduate College to degree candidates who have demonstrated especially strong academic achievement and outstanding future potential. The Graduate Review Committee in the School of Art + Design determines the candidates for review by the University Graduate College Fellowship Committee for all fellowship awards. Fellowship stipends range from $10,000 to $25,000 for the academic year and include a full waiver of tuition and a partial waiver of university campus fees. A fellowship is a gift and requires no service. See for more information
  2. Graduate Appointments:  Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions are available to students in good standing. Positions range from 25% to 33% time. Currently a nine-month 25% graduate appointment offers a stipend which is currently $8,140.50 (before taxes) for the academic year. The appointment requires 10 hours a week of service. The yearly stipend for a 33% position is $10,745.46 (before taxes) and requires 13.5 hours per week of service. All graduate appointments include a full waiver of tuition and a partial waiver of university campus fees.  See for more information International Students may have to pass an English Proficiency Interview (EPI) exam in order to be considered for a teaching appointment.