Graduate Admissions Information & Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

January 6
Fall application deadline
October 1
Spring application deadline

We offer graduate courses in European, American, and East Asian art. Students may pursue graduate degrees in European and American Art/Global Modern and Contemporary Art or East Asian Art. Those who are interested in graduate degrees that emphasize international and/or transnational modern and contemporary art should follow the European and American/Global Modern and Contemporary track. 

The PhD is intended for students who hold the MA degree in art history. MA and MA/PhD applicants typically have completed no fewer than 18 credit hours of art history coursework.

Required Application Materials

  1. A completed graduate application

  2. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from art history professors). The application system will send your recommenders an email containing the instructions for submitting their letters once you have entered their contact information. 

  3. A chronological list of art history courses completed that includes (1) the number of credit hours, (2) the instructor's name, and (3) the grade received. Applicants typically have completed no fewer than 18 credit hours of art history coursework.

  4. Resumé or curriculum vitae

  5. A statement of personal and educational interests and career objectives. We appreciate this opportunity to learn more about you. Feel free to discuss any personal, educational, economic, cultural, and/or social experiences that have helped shape you as a candidate. Please address how the graduate program/faculty in Art History at KU would help you to achieve your goals. Do not exceed 750 words. 

  6. A writing sample, preferably from an art history course that you feel best represents your research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Your text (not including the bibliography, endnotes, and images) should be between 10-20 pages.

  7. Official transcripts, or copies of official transcripts, from all post-secondary institutions

To be considered for admission, an applicant 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 Admissions' English proficiency requirements for additional information.