Prospective Students

The Graduate Art History Program at Rutgers covers all periods of Western, Sub-Saharan and Asian Art. Both the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree are offered. Along with their degree program, students may pursue a Certificate in Curatorial Studies. The course of study includes curatorial training, internships, and an exhibition seminar and is awarded concurrently with the M.A. and/or Ph.D. degree.

Applicants should have a strong liberal arts background, with a minimum of six art history courses as prerequisite for admission. Students may be asked to make up deficiencies prior to or in the first year of the graduate curriculum by taking undergraduate courses for graduate credit, auditing undergraduate classes or through supervised readings. Although not a prerequisite, reading proficiency in one foreign language must be demonstrated within the first year of the program. 

We have a number of fellowships, TAships, and other funds to support both incoming and ongoing students in our doctoral programs. Information on funding can found at

Admissions Process:

The admissions process occurs once annually for both the MA and PhD programs, with an expectation that successful applicants will begin their course of study in the fall of the subsequent year.


All applications are processed online through the portal available through the website of the School of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the completed form, applicants are required to submit:

  1. All relevant (undergraduate and graduate) transcripts
  2. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work
  3. A writing sample.

Please note that for the Ph.D., the writing sample should be a research paper, in the field of particular interest.  It is typically at least 15-20 pages in length.  A bibliography and any associated figures should be included. It should demonstrate the ability to do original research in your proposed field of interest, using both secondary and primary sources.

Applicants with the M.A. from another university who wish to enter the Ph.D. program are required to solicit at least one of their letters of recommendation from a graduate instructor and to submit a writing sample demonstrating their critical thinking and scholarship in art history.

If supporting materials cannot be uploaded, hard copies should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers University
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901

Contact Information:

Additional queries for further information can be addressed to the Graduate Program Director, whose contact information can be found at