School of Art & Art History Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Admissions

The school of Art and Art History at UIC offers three graduate programs and a variety of graduate degrees. Students can earn an MFA in Art, an MA or PhD in Art History, or an MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies. Each program admits new students only in the fall semester. Scroll down to find information and specific admissions requirements for each program.

Art

The UIC School of Art & Art History offers Master of Fine Art (MFA) programs in Moving Image, New Media Arts, Photography, and Studio Arts. 

Application Deadlines 

The next term for which you may apply to enroll is Fall 2019. 

  • September 15, 2018- Application goes live.
  • December 15, 2018 - Priority deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Graduate College
  • February 15, 2019 - Regular application deadline
  • The final application deadline for all programs is February 1, 2019

Click here for information on how to apply!

Tours
If you are interested in learning more about the MFA program please join us for a tour for one of the dates listed below. To sign up for a tour contact saah@uic.edu
 
Fall 2018
Sept 4, 1pm
Oct 2, 1pm
Nov 6, 1pm
Dec 4, 1pm
 
Spring 2019
 
Jan 15, 1pm
Feb 5, 1pm
March 5, 1pm
April 2, 1pm
 
You must register to attend a tour. All tours meet at the School of Art & Art History office, 929 W Harrison St, Rm. 106 Jefferson Hall.

Contact Information

UIC Department of Art (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607
(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).

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).

How to Apply:

All applicants for Fall 2019 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements.

Application Deadlines:
January 6, 2019: For consideration for funding
February 15, 2019: All other applications

 
Contact Information 
UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607

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

 

MUSE (Museum and Exhibition Studies)

Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago puts social justice at the heart of our work and scholarship. If you are interested in learning more about how our students are redefining cultural work for the 21st Century, please feel free to contact us or join us at an info session. We have an info session each fall; check back here for dates or email us. 

Applicants 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: The GRE is optional for application to the Museum and Exhibition Studies program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s education, skills and/or experience.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose.
  • Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a written response to a specific prompt found on the MUSE application. Writing should be clear, free of typographical errors, and demonstrate the applicant's interests in the field of Museum and Exhibition Studies.
  • Interview: We will contact people with completed applications to schedule an interview.

How To Apply

All applicants for Fall 2019 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements. Applications for Fall 2019 will be available beginning at the end of the summer.

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 Deadline

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 has passed. The next term for which you may apply to enroll is Fall 2019. 

  • Fall Admission: December 15 for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Graduate College
  • February 1 for all other applicants

Click here for information on how to apply!

Contact Information

UIC Department of Art History (M/C 201)
929 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607

Anthony Stepter, Assistant Director
(312) 996-0237 |  astepter@uic.edu

Director
Professor Therese Quinn
(312) 413-2463 |  museinfo@uic.edu