Applicants to the PhD program in the Department of the History of Art should upload and submit the following application materials and supporting documents through the online application by December 15:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Statement of purpose
    • This is not the personal statement, which is not required.  Statements of purpose should be no more than three (3) pages long.
  • Sample of work (a recent example of written scholarship, preferably in the area of the applicant’s special interest)
    • The sample of work should be no more than 30 pages, including images and works cited.  Most samples are between fifteen and twenty-five (15-25) pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation, uploaded electronically following the instructions in the online application
  • Official transcripts: Applications will be ready for review with unofficial transcripts, but official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made
  • Official GRE test scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (for international applicants)

To foster close student-faculty relationships and provide for the greatest flexibility in developing each graduate student’s individual curriculum, the department strictly limits the number of students it admits each year. The department does not maintain a terminal MA program and accepts students only into the PhD program.

For more information about application requirements, please see the Graduate Admissions website; for questions or inquiries about the online application and supporting documents, contact the Graduate Admissions office using the online contact form. You may also contact Ashley Costello, senior administrative coordinator for History of Art at or 410-516-7117.