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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The application deadline for this program is January 15.

Students seeking admission to the M.A. program in art history must submit:

  • the standard application forms generated by the Graduate School;
  • have a Bachelor's degree, normally as an art history major, at an accredited institution;
  • submit academic transcripts of all undergraduate studies;
  • GRE scores;
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with the applicant's academic work;
  • a substantial writing sample.

The preferred method of application for graduate study at Syracuse University is online. The application and instructions are available at the Graduate School.

Other Requirements

International Students

International students must also submit TOEFL scores. For the most current U.S. Government requirements, international students should contact the Center for International Services. Those students seeking a concurrent degree in Museum Studies must apply through the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Qualifying Examinations & Language Competencies

All newly matriculated students are required to pass a competency exam in the history of art. This qualifying exam tests the student's broad background in the discipline and consists of sixty slide identifications of major monuments and forty brief definitions of terms.

All graduate students must also demonstrate reading ability in one foreign language pertinent to their program of study, usually French, German or Italian.

Students who do not pass these exams must file a petition form within one month for re-testing. This petition should be completed after consultation with the student's advisor and should state the method of preparation and date for re-taking the exam.