Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the competitive GPA for applicants?
- What kind of GRE scores are you looking for?
- When should I take the GRE?
- How selective is the process of being admitted?
- What are the language requirements for the Ph.D.?
- What kind of teaching assistant (TA) opportunities are available?
On average, new students have an overall college GPA of 3.7 or above. We also look at prospective student GRE scores, faculty recommendations, personal statements, and research papers as part of the selection process.
Average GRE scores:
Quantitative: high 150s
Written: 4.5 and above
Note: We do not require the subject test. Foreign applicants speaking English as a second language must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last 2 years.
GRE testing must take place within the 5 years prior to your application to our department. An official report of the scores, sent directly from Educational Testing Service, must be provided as part of your application.
Note: students applying to the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts program are not required to take the GRE.
We admit very few students each year (fewer than 8), so our program is quite competitive. This small size, however, creates an intimate atmosphere for learning and a unique opportunity for teaching experience. Your GPA, GRE scores, faculty recommendations, personal statement, and writing sample are weighed by several professors in our department, including persons knowledgeable in your area of interest.
The language requirements for each student are determined by his/her advisor. The minimum requirement for all students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Art History is at least two foreign languages.
Each student in residence has the opportunity to be either a grader or a TA for one semester every year. Additional teaching opportunities are available for more advanced students.