MUSE (Museum and Exhibition Studies) - Graduate Program

If you would like to learn more about the program, you can join us for info sessions that are held every year during the fall or contact us directly. The program director, along with current students and recent alumni, will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the program during the info sessions. All info sessions are held online. Prospective students may also contact the department directly to get answers to their questions. 

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.

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 not required 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 may submit a written response to a specific prompt found on the MUSE application or share a previously written paper relevant to their interests. 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 are required to upload their documents and academic credentials electronically to satisfy departmental requirements and the UIC Graduate Admission requirements.

Click here to begin your application.

Minimum English Competency Test Score

  • TOEFL 95, with subscores of  Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Test); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (revised Paper-Delivered Test), 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.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for Fall 202 has passed. The next term for which you may apply to enroll is Fall 2023. Application deadlines are listed below.

  • December 15 for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid from the Graduate College
  • February 15 for all other applicants (financial aid is still available for those who apply by February 15, but more options are available for the December 15 deadline)

Fee Wiavers

Information for application fee waivers can be found here. If you have questions about fee waivers, feel free to contact us directly.

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 |

Professor Therese Quinn, Director
(312) 413-2463 |