Admission to the MA Program

The Department of Art and Design offers a comprehensive graduate curriculum leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Art, with concentrations in Art History and Critical & Curatorial Studies.

General Admission Information

Admission application deadlines:

  • January 15 for fall semester. Extended to February 15 for Fall 2022. 

    If spaces are available in the program after the February 15 deadline, applications will be considered until May 1. Please check with the department prior to applying.

Application Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission to the program. The Art History MA Program specifically recommends a minimum score of 156 on the verbal portion of the GRE.
  • All MA programs in the Department of Fine Arts require a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • International students must meet all criteria, including the TOEFL examination, set forth in the University’s Graduate Catalog.

Supplemental Application Materials

In addition to the credentials required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, the department requires students applying to the Art History and Critical & Curatorial Studies Programs to provide a statement of purpose (approximately 500 typed words), and a writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper).

Applicants to all programs must provide two current, substantive letters of recommendation specific to the program (appended to the SIGS recommendation forms) in which the applicant’s academic and/or artistic achievements and promise are discussed. Candidates normally enter the Master’s Program with the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in Art History, or a related field.


MA Art History Concentration

Admission Requirements and Procedures

1. Applicants to this program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. To meet the Graduate School requirements a student must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Have, in most cases, completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in the intended field of study.
    • Submit a formal application, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation specific to the program, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.

2. Applicants to the Master of Arts with a concentration in Art History must meet the following additional requirements: A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Submit the following materials as part of the application:

    • A completed Master of Arts Application form (available from the Department).
    • A statement of about 500 typed words detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals in Art History.
    • A writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper).

3. All application materials required by the Department for the Art History Track must be submitted to the Art History Graduate Program Secretary, no later than January 15 for fall semester admission. All requests for scholarship aid must be submitted by January 15.  Extended to February 15 for Fall 2022.


MA Critical & Curatorial Studies Concentration

Admission Requirements & Procedures

1. Applicants to this program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. To meet the Graduate School requirements a student must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Have, in most cases, completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in the intended field of study.
    • Submit a formal application, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation specific to the program, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.

2. Applicants to the Master of Arts with a concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies must meet the following additional requirements: A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Submit the following materials as part of the application:

    • A completed Master of Arts Application form (available from the Department).
    • A statement of about 500 typed words detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals in the field of Fine Arts.
    • A writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper) 

3. All application materials required by the Department for the Critical & Curatorial Studies Track must be submitted to the Critical & Curatorial Studies Graduate Program Secretary, no later than January 15 for fall semester admission. All requests for scholarship aid must be submitted by January 15. Extended to February 15 for Fall 2022.

 

Email the Department for a copy of the Master of Arts Application form. 


 

Accelerated BA/MA in Art History

 Students enrolled in the BA in Art track in Art History who are considering pursuing a master's degree (MA) in Art History can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a master's degree. Students accepted into the Accelerated BA/MA program take three 500-level graduate courses (nine (9) credit hours) as an undergraduate that apply toward both the bachelor's degree and the eventual master's degree. 

Interested students must apply to the program no later than the end of their junior year to be eligible to enroll in graduate coursework in their final year of the program. Students must have at least a 3.0 university grade point average when they apply and must maintain a 3.0 once accepted. Once admitted to the accelerated BA/MA program, students are expected to maintain a full graduate load of nine (9) credit hours. 

Once accepted into the program, students complete nine (9) credit hours of 500-level graduate coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies. They then graduate with a bachelor's degree and move straight into the University of Louisville Master of Arts program. Students in the accelerated program must meet all of the requirements for the Master of Arts, including completing at least 12 credit hours of their 31 credit hour program in 600-level courses.


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