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Application Deadline:

For fall semester admission, all application materials submitted by: January 5

For spring semester admission, all application materials submitted by: October 1


The History of Art Department requires the following application materials:  

  1. A completed online graduate application.
    In the application, you will be asked to select the European and American Art/Global Modern and Contemporary Art or East Asian Art concentration.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from professors). You will be asked to enter the names and e-mail addresses for three recommenders while completing the online application. Your recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail requesting their letters when you submit the application. It is not necessary for your recommenders to send hard copies of their letters to the department if they submit their letters electronically. Should a recommender feel uncomfortable with the online submission process, please contact Lauren Chaney (lkchaney@ku.edu) for more options.
  3. Please attach the following required items to the online graduate application:
  • A list of art history courses taken in chronological order and including (1) the number of credit hours (2) instructor’s name (3) grade received. Note: Applicants typically have completed no fewer than 18 credit hours of art history coursework.
  • Resumé or curriculum vitae
  • A statement of personal and educational interests and career objectives; not to exceed 750 words. Please address how the graduate program in Art History at KU would help you to achieve your goals.
  • A writing sample (preferably an art history paper) of no more than 8-20 pages of text (not including the bibliography, endnotes, and images)
  • A copy or scan of official transcripts of all post-secondary education. Copies of official transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application. If admitted, applicants will be required to submit official transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions within the first semester of enrollment in the program.

To be considered for admission, a student must hold a bachelor's degree. The Office of Graduate Studies requires applicants, international or domestic, whose native language is not English to demonstrate English proficiency. Please review Graduate Studies' English Proficiency Requirements webpage for additional information.


All applicants to the Kress Foundation Department of Art History graduate program will be considered on a competitive basis for departmental and university scholarships/fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. No separate application is required to be considered for funding; the department makes decisions based upon information provided in the graduate applications.

The Graduate Admissions Committee may nominate, on behalf of the department, exceptional incoming students for Graduate Studies awards. Visit our Graduate Student Funding webpage for additional information.


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