School of Art
The University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204-4019

Main Office Phone:
713-743-3001

Undergraduate office:
713-743-3670

Graduate office:
713-743-2830 

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School of Art Application Procedures for MA Degree in Art History

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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 deadline for applications is January 15 for international students and February 1 for all U.S. Residents. All application materials must be received by that date. 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 www.applytexas.org . The completed online application is automatically sent to the University of Houston.
  • Non-refundable School of Art Application fee of $25 (a check or money order made payable to the University of Houston). 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).
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
    PO BOX 3947 HOUSTON
    TX 77253-3947
  • 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.
  • FOR GENERAL APPLICATION HELP AND CLARIFICATION PLEASE REFER TO:

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 applicants must send materials to both the Office of International Admissions and to the School of Art.

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

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
PO BOX 3947 HOUSTON
TX 77253-3947

  • Completed International Student Graduate Application – online application can be found at www.applytexas.org. Please send all other materials, including the TOEFL Score and all transcripts, required for international application to the University of Houston.
  • Non-refundable Application Evaluation Fee of $75.00. (If payment is coming from outside the U.S., this must be in the form of an American Express money order or a draft from a U.S. bank).
  • GRE Scores (sent electronically to the University of Houston – code 6870)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FOR GENERAL APPLICATION HELP AND CLARIFICATION PLEASE REFER TO:

School of Art Contact Information

Jessica Locheed, Graduate Advisor
University of Houston, School of Art
100 Fine Arts Building
Houston, Texas 77204-4019
713-743-2830
jalocheed@uh.edu