How to Apply to School of Art & Art History

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1.) The graduate application must be completed online at the UIC gradaute Portal:  http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/apply_grad.html
There is an application fee of $70. 

You will need to upload an electronic copy of your transcript via this portal. Please begin this process at least 5 days prior to the application deadline. An official transcript will be requested only after an applicant is accepted to the program.

2.) All MFA portfolios, statements, resumes and recommendation letters are submitted online via the same portal.

  • Letters of recommendation, three are required, from former professors or professional colleagues. 
  • Resume or CV with recent exhibition or professional experience included.

We strongly encourage application by our December 15 priority deadline. Our final application deadline is February 1. This includes both domestic and international applicants.

 
Contact Information 
UIC Department of Art (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
 
General Information
(312) 996-3337 |  saah@uic.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor Matthew Metzger
matmetz@uic.edu

Art History

 

MA​

Applicants to the Department of Art History's MA program are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions.

Grade Point Average: At least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.

Tests Required: GRE general.

Minimum English Competency Test Score:  TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 280 (computer based); 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores

Letters of Recommendation: Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s training, ability, and experience.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (2–3 pages) that should address the reasons for pursuing the MA in Art History at UIC and the relationship of this work to their professional and career objectives.

Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 15 pages).

Curriculum Vitae (optional): Applicants may provide a recent CV listing their academic and professional accomplishments.

PhD

Applicants to the Department of Art History's PhD program are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Baccalaureate Field: No restrictions.

Grade Point Average: At least 3.00/4.00 in an appropriate MA from another institution; if applying with a BA, the applicant must have a 3.20 overall and a 3.50 in the major, or approval by the Graduate Program Committee.

Tests Required: GRE General

Minimum English Competency Test Score: TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 95, with subscores of  Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Letters of Recommendation: Three required, preferably from professors and others who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for serious academic work.

Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (2–3 pages) that should address the reasons for wishing to do doctoral work at UIC and the relationship of this work to their professional and career objectives.

Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 25 pages).

Curriculum Vitae (optional): Applicants may provide a recent CV listing their academic and professional accomplishments.

How to Apply:

All applicants for Fall 2018 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements.

Submit documents to the UIC Graduate College here

Application Deadlines:
January 6, 2018: For consideration for funding
February 15, 2018: All other applications

Contact Information 
UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
 
General Information
(312) 996-3337 |  saah@uic.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Catherine Becker
(312) 996-5975 |  cathbeck@uic.edu

MUSE

All applicants are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements. 

You will need to submit documents to both the UIC Graduate College and the Department of Museum and Exhibition Studies to complete your application to MUSE.

Think of the application to Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) as a two-part process.

  • The first part is filling out the application materials for applying to the UIC Graduate College here.
  • The second part (although you can do both parts simultaneously) is applying to the MUSE program. This application is where you will submit the writing sample, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and all other required materials via Slideroom software. The MUSE application can be found here.

You must complete both parts of the application in order for the committee to review your materials. Please do not wait until the last minute to begin either process.

When beginning your MUSE application on Slideroom, choose the Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) 2016 Priority Deadline if you wish to apply by the December 15, 2016 deadline and be considered for UIC fellowships. If you think you’ll need more time to complete your application, choose the Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) 2017 Standard Deadline and you will have until February 1, 2017 to complete your application.

 

Minimum English Competency Test Score
 
  • TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 280 (computer based); 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR
  • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR
  • Other evidence of competency with prior approval of the Program Director. 

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: December 15 for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Department and February 1 for all other applicants.
 
 
Contact Information 
UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
 
General Information
Anthony Stepter, Program Assistant
(312) 996-0237 |  astepter@uic.edu
 
Director
Professor Therese Quinn
(312) 413-2463 |  museinfo@uic.edu