MUSE (Museum and Exhibition Studies) - Graduate Program

If you would like to learn more about the program, please join us for an info session on campus. The program director, along with current students and recent alumni, will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the program. 
MUSE Info Session for Interested Students
Monday, November 12, 2018
5th Floor Gallery
400 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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 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 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 August 1, 2018.

Click here to begin 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 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 |

Professor Therese Quinn
(312) 413-2463 |