Graduate Art History Programs

The application deadline is December 15, 2024, 11:00pm CST.

Online forms for application are expected to open on September 1, 2024.


The admissions process is administered entirely online. Please do not send any application materials by regular mail (they will not be reviewed.) Applications and any supporting materials submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed for admission. All application materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee of the program to which the candidate has applied. Reviews will be finalized by mid-March 2025. Applicants will be notified by email shortly after.

Apply via the Graduate College. Test scores should be electronically forwarded to school code 1836.

Eligible minority applicants may request an application fee waiver via FreeApp.

The Graduate College provides important application information for international students.

Required Application Materials

Please be prepared to upload the following:

  1. Transcripts: Upload (unofficial) scans of transcripts/academic records (and diplomas or certificates of degrees if your degree is awarded).
  2. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. All letters should be submitted online by the recommenders. 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.  Add where and when you attended high school. This information will assist in consideration for graduate fellowship awards and graduate appointment positions.
  4. Personal Statement: This statement of 1000 words or less should describe your academic background and other relevant experience in relation to your academic interests and goals.
  5. Writing Sample: The Art History Program requires a sample of academic writing for both MA 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.
  6. GRE Scores: Submitting GRE Scores is optional for Fall 2024 admissions
  7. International and non-native English-speaking applicants must submit TOEFL/IELTS test scores for admission. Learn more about the Graduate College’s English proficiency requirements and keep in mind:
    • 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 6.5-7.0 IELTS score.
    • Test score results have to be dated after August 25, 2023.
    • Test scores results have to be received by the application deadline of December 15, 2024.
    • 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.

Financial Aid and Funding

Funding packages are available for students in most programs.International and/or non-native English speakers are considered for a funding package only when

  1. They submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) speaking subsection test score of at least 24, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) speaking subsection test score of at least 8.0, with tests dated after August 25, 2023. Test scores need to be submitted to school code 1836 by the deadline of December 15, 2024. This is required even when the applicant is exempt from showing these scores for admission purposes. Duolingo test results will not be considered for funding consideration. For more details and exemptions, please go here
  2. Their admission application includes completed proof of funding paperwork, submitted by the deadline of December 15, 2024.

The School of Art and Design offers several types of financial support:

Graduate Fellowships are competitive awards granted by either the School of Art & Design or the University of Illinois Graduate College to new incoming degree candidates who have demonstrated especially strong academic achievement and have outstanding future potential. 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.

Graduate Assistantships include Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions and are available to students in good standing. Art History graduate students who are appointed as TAs usually receive either a 33% FTE graduate appointment position with a yearly stipend of at least $14,572.80 (before taxes), or a 50% FTE graduate appointment position with a yearly stipend of at least $22,080.00. These graduate appointments include a full waiver of tuition and a partial waiver of university campus fees.

Cookie Settings