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?

Note: The GRE is now optional for individuals applying to the Art History Ph.D. program; the Computational Media Arts & Cultures Ph.D. program (CMAC); the Digital Art History & Computational Media (DAH-CM) master's program; and the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts program.

Average GRE scores:

  • Verbal: 160
  • Quantitative: high 150s
  • Written: 4.5 and above

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.

Note: The GRE is now optional for individuals applying to the Art History Ph.D. program; the Computational Media Arts & Cultures (CMAC) Ph.D. program; the Digital Art History & Computational Media (DAH-CM) master's program; and the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts program.
 

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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, 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. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Computational Media are required to pass one foreign language exam and one machine learning exam.

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

Each Ph.D. student in residence is required to serve as a TA one semester during the academic year while in years 1 - 5.  (Students serve as a grader, as opposed to a full TA, in their second semester.)  Additional teaching opportunities are available for more advanced Ph.D. students.

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