Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission Info

Jan 5
Fall Application Deadline
Oct 1
Spring Application Deadline

Required Application Materials

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

  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. Address how the graduate program/faculty in Art History at KU would help you to achieve your goals. Please 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.

Learn More!

Please visit our graduate program pages for degree overviews, program-specific admission details, and funding information.