For the 2020-2021 admissions process, in light of the continued coronavirus pandemic, the UNC Art History program will waive the requirement of a GRE score for graduate applicants.
Prospective students with a BA in Art History (or related field) may apply to the MA program, the dual MA/MSLS, or directly to the PhD program. For those who already have an MA in Art History, you may apply to our PhD program.
Applications for admission are completed through the Graduate School’s online application system. Please use the links below to find additional information and to access the online application.
After the admissions deadline all applications will be reviewed for completeness. Any outstanding documentation will be requested from you at that time and should be submitted promptly.
- Graduate School application (must be submitted – and Application fee paid – by Graduate School deadline)
- Transcripts of all post-secondary work
- Standardized test scores
- A copy of your most recent Resume
- Current letters of recommendation
- Application fee
The Department of Art and Art History requires applicants to the Graduate Programs in Art History to submit a Statement of Purpose and an Example of Written Work. Both of these items should be electronically submitted in the Supplemental Documents section of the online Graduate School application.
In a statement purpose of no more than 500 words, please describe concisely your reasons for wishing to undertake professional training in the history of art. At this time, what area(s) of study do you plan to pursue? If you are undecided, please feel free to say so and, instead explain why you consider this program to be a suitable match for your interests. Alternatively, you may describe issues or approaches from previous coursework that you found stimulating and would like to pursue further.
Applicants to the graduate programs in art history must submit an example of written work demonstrating their research and writing skills, with a maximum length of 15 pages. Images (as a pdf) and/or bibliography may be submitted as a third component in the Supplemental Documents section of the online Graduate School application. Suggested submissions are an academic paper, or excerpts from an honors thesis, or a Master’s thesis. If you choose to mail your submission, the submitted copy will be returned only if a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage is included with the submission.
An undergraduate degree in art history is highly recommended, but not required, for admission to the graduate program. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in art history should have 24 credit hours of coursework in art history, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and/or aesthetics. Only students who do not have an undergraduate degree in art history need to list these pre-requisite courses on the online Graduate School application. The online application does not have a way to require this information ONLY if an applicant does not have an Art History degree.
All applicants for admission who have completed their applications by the Graduate School deadline are automatically considered by the department for nomination for Graduate School awards. Applicants and students in residence are also eligible for teaching and research assistantships, which are awarded by the department. There are also annual service and non-service awards. Students desiring financial aid should consult as early as possible the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for more information.