Admission to the PhD Program

Doctoral Admissions

(The Department is currently not accepting applications to the PhD program)

The PhD Program in Art History provides specialist training which culminates in conferral of the terminal degree in the field. This guide to the program is supplementary to the University of Louisville Graduate Catalog and pertains only to the doctoral program in Art History.


Application Deadlines:

  • March 1 for fall semester admission

[Note: Applications for all departmental based funding for the following academic year are due by March 1].

Students may apply to the PhD Program upon or near completion of the Master’s in Art History at the University of Louisville or another institution. Applications must be completed according to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies procedures. In addition to credentials required by SIGS, applicants must submit:

  • A statement of purpose (approximately one thousand words in length) that details academic interests, reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree in Art History, and intended field of study
  • Three current, substantive letters of recommendation, appended to the recommendation forms
  • A writing sample that can stand as evidence of the applicant’s intellectual,investigative, and expository skills.

The writing sample may consist of two graduate research papers, published articles, catalog entries, reviews, an MA thesis, chapters of a thesis in progress, or any other recent samples of relevant scholarly or critical writing.

  • Normally the applicant holds an MA in Art History. Exceptions are considered only when the applicant’s record shows substantial graduate coursework in Art History, in addition to an MA in a related field. The record of an applicant must demonstrate both the ability to undertake independent research and the promise of completing a dissertation of academic merit that represents an original contribution to scholarship.
  • A minimum 3.5 grade point average in coursework at the Master’s level in Art History and/or related fields is required for acceptance to the program.
  • A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal score of 160 is required by the Art History Program for admission
  • International students must meet all criteria, including the TOEFL examination, set forth in the SIGS catalog