How to Apply
Application is directly to the PhD program. Therefore, we encourage all prospective students to contact a faculty member in their area of interest before applying. Students with an MA in art history from another institution must first contact the appropriate faculty member who could sponsor their dissertation work.
Applicants are evaluated on their promise as a scholar and on the fit between their scholarly interests and the faculty’s expertise.
Applicants are generally expected to have completed four courses of art history at the undergraduate level for admission to the program. Exceptions can be made, however, for courses and competencies gained otherwise that provide students with a grounding in the visual/ spatial arts. Applicants at the entry level are also expected to have competency in one foreign language or be ready to test out of it shortly after their arrival; students entering with an MA are required to have proficiency in two foreign languages.
Please note: Since ours is a doctoral program, we do not offer a terminal MA degree in Museum Studies or the like. In addition, the department does not offer a professional degree in architecture. The department grants the PhD in art and architectural history.
Apply for graduate study in the University of Pittsburgh Department of History of Art and Architecture using our online application. The deadline for all applications is January 15.
When preparing your application online, please note that, in addition to transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (where necessary), you are also required to submit two further documents:
- A foreign language questionnaire (Word) may be downloaded, filled out, and must be submitted in digital form, either as an attachment (follow the instructions for submitting additional documents) or on a CD. If you wish to send an additional paper copy, please mail it to the department (104 Frick Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260).
- A writing sample. Choose a paper that best demonstrates your potential as a scholar of art history. Your sample must be received in digital form, either as an attachment to your online application (follow the instructions for submitting additional documents), or on a CD. If you wish to send an additional paper copy, please mail it to the department (104 Frick Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260).
The online application form limits personal statements to 500 characters. If you wish to submit a longer statement, as most applicants do, you may simply attach it as an additional document to the online application.
If you have questions about the application process, please e-mail Graduate Secretary Emily Schantz .
Non-U.S. citizens applying to the graduate program will need the International Graduate Student Supplemental Application Packet (PDF).