School of Art Application Procedures for MA Degree in Art History

Master of Arts in Art History Admission Requirements

The MA program in Art History follows the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requirements for admission:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall 3.0 (B) average on the last 60 hours of course credit.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • The materials listed below under Application Procedures.

The priority deadline for U.S. Residents is February 1. Applications may be considered after this date, but they will not receive the priority that earlier applications do.

International student application deadline is January 15.

All applications are accepted to begin in the fall semester only.

Though an undergraduate degree in art history is not required, consideration is given to the number and variety of undergraduate courses in art history taken, as well as experience with humanities research and writing. An understanding of the discipline of art history and preparation for graduate study are essential.

Foreign Language

Some areas of specialization at the graduate level require reading scholarly literature in at least one foreign language from the very beginning. Therefore, while some students may be able to brush up on languages while pursing graduate study, others may need to take a course the summer before entering the graduate program. Consult with the Graduate Advisor or an art history faculty member to determine if this applies to you.

Application Procedures for the MA in Art History: US Citizens

  • A completed Graduate Application form. Online application is available at http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/how-to-apply/ . The completed online application is automatically sent to the University of Houston.
  • Non-refundable School of Art Application fee of $75. Applicants may pay with a credit card while applying online.
  • 1 official transcript from each college or university attended since high school (sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the schools, electronic when possible).
  • Scanned copies of official transcripts can be uploaded as PDF files and may be used by programs to make admission decisions. Please follow these instructions to properly scan and upload your transcript.  If admitted, however, you will not be able to enroll without the official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcript(s) should be sent to:

    Regular Mail:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 3947
    Houston, TX 77253-3947

    Express Mail:
    University of Houston
    Graduate Admissions
    4302 University Dr, Rm 102
    Houston, TX 77204-2012

    Electronic or "Speede" Transcript:
    Within the state of Texas, the fastest way to send your transcript is electronically. Please inquire at your previous institution about this option. Electronic transcripts can be delivered via email to gradschool@uh.edu.

  • 1 transcript from each college or university attended since high school scanned and uploaded during the application process in PDF format as a SINGLE document.
  • GRE Scores (sent electronically to the University of Houston – code 6870)
  • During the applications process you will be asked to provide names and email addresses of 3 people to serve as your references.  At least one of these should be familiar with your work in Art History. They will be contacted electronically by the university for the recommendation.
  • A resume of academic and work experience. If applicable, include reading and/or speaking proficiency level in one or more foreign languages. Upload this during the application process in PDF form.
  • Letter stating academic interests within the field of art history and career goals. Upload this during the application process in PDF form.
  • One sample of academic writing demonstrating research abilities. Upload this during the application process in PDF form under the section Option-Misc. Items.

Application Procedures for the MA in Art History: International Applicants

Applicants who are not citizens of the United States are considered international students by the University, regardless of residency or immigration status.

International documents may be uploaded during the application process as PDF files. Otherwise, applicants may send to Graduate Admissions :

Scanned copies of official transcripts can be uploaded as PDF files and may be used by programs to make admission decisions. Please follow these instructions to properly scan and upload your transcript.  If admitted, however, you will not be able to enroll without the official transcript(s) showing undergraduate degree conferral on file. Official transcript(s) should be sent to:

Regular Mail:
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, TX 77253-3947

Express Mail:
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
4302 University Dr, Rm 102
Houston, TX 77204-2012

Electronic or "Speede" Transcript:
Within the state of Texas, the fastest way to send your transcript is electronically. Please inquire at your previous institution about this option. Electronic transcripts can be delivered via email to gradschool@uh.edu.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to upload the following documents, which will be required to obtain a student visa if admitted: