Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact Professor Stanley Abe, Director of Gradaute Studies, for additional information if your questions are not answered below.

What is a competitive GPA for applicants?

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.

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What kind of GRE scores are you looking for?

Average GRE scores:

  • Verbal: 160
  • 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.

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When should I take the GRE?

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.

The GRE is optional for Art History PhD applicants in 2021

Note: students applying to the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts program are not required to take the GRE.

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How selective is the process of being admitted?

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.

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What are the language requirements for the Ph.D.?

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. 

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What kind of teaching assistant (TA) opportunities are available?

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.

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