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Application Information

Application Deadline: January 15 (domestic)
December 1 (international)

Applications received after this deadline and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Notifications regarding admission decisions will be sent to students via email by April 15.

All applications to our MFA program must be submitted online through the Graduate School’s APPLICATION PORTAL 

If you are an international applicant, please visit the International Graduate Admissions webpage before you apply

General information about CU-Boulder’s graduate admissions is also very useful.

General Requirements: For the admission into our Master’s program in Art History, we expect the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved university or college, with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • GRE: a score of 153 (500 on the old scale) on the verbal section and an average score (approximately 50% below) on the other sections of the exam;
  • An extensive background in art history;
  • A broad general background in history, literature and philosophy;

Transcripts: For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. 

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.  The electronic submission of letters of recommendation is preferred, and it is part of the online application process. If a recommender is unable to submit their letter of recommendation online, the letter of recommendation form may be printed out, attached to the hard copy of the letter and sent to the address below. The top portion of the form must be filled out by the applicant and the bottom portion must be filled out by the recommender.

Written Statement: This is where you describe the goals and objectives you would like to reach while in our graduate program.

Writing Sample: This is usually a paper that you have written for an undergraduate art history class.

Application Fee: A $50.00 non-refundable application fee ($70 for international applicants) must accompany each application for CU-Boulder graduate degree programs.  The fee must be paid online with a credit card, in order to complete the application.

Other Relevant Information

Departmental Support
The department’s own resources include fellowships and teaching and non-teaching part-time positions: Graduate Part-time Instructor (GPTI), Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistants (TA).  TAs teach recitation sections of World Art Studies 1 &2, a large introductory art history course.  GPTIs typically teach introductory courses in their home areas (e.g. Photography 1) or Introduction to Studio Art 1 & 2 (Foundations).  GAs provide assistance either in their home area or elsewhere in the department (e.g. the Visual Resources Center) or in the CU Art Museum.  Each of these types of appointments comes with a salary, 5 (GA) or 6 (GPTI) credit hours of tuition remission per semester and 70% health insurance premium through CU-Boulder.  MFA students in our Film Track are also supported by the Film Studies Program which has its own GPTI and TA (Teaching Assistant) positions for graduate students who work with the moving image.

There is no separate application form for departmental support but applicants are encouraged to express their interest in GA, TA and/or GPTI appointments in their personal statement of purpose accompanying the application.  Decisions regarding departmental support are made at the time of admission.

Financial Aid
Non-departmental financial aid at CU-Boulder is handled through the Office of Financial Aid.   Its telephonenumber is 303-492-5091.

Credit Transfer
We accept up to 9 applicable graduate-level credit hours from other universities and colleges, if such credits have not been used for any other degrees.  If you have such unused, applicable graduate-level credits, you will be able, usually in the second semester of your studies, to submit a transfer of credit form, attaching official transcripts from other institutions.  The form and transcripts will then be reviewed by your academic advisor, departmental Curriculum Committee and the Graduate School.

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318
Telephone: +1-303-492-2419