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MA (Art History) Application Information

Application Deadline: January 15 (domestic), December 1 (international) for the following Fall semester.  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.

Online Application

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;


One official transcript must be sent to the address below directly from each university or college attended by the applicant.  Transcripts that are “issued to student” are not acceptable.

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

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.

Contact us

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318

Telephone: +1-303-492-2419