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Admissions for Prospective Graduate Students

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Students seeking admission to the M.A. program in art history must have completed a Bachelor's degree, normally as an art history major, at an accredited institution. In addition to completing the standard application forms generated by the Graduate school, prospective students must submit academic transcripts of all undergraduate studies, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from instructors familiar with the applicant's academic work, and a substantial writing sample.

The application deadline for this program is January 15.


The preferred method of application for graduate study at Syracuse University is online. The application and instructions are on The Graduate School website for admissions, http://gradsch.syr.edu. If, for some reason, you are unable to apply online, you may download a printable application. You may also use the Graduate School’s online inquiry form to request that an application form be mailed to you or you can contact them directly at 315-443-4492.



OTHER REQUIREMENTS: International students must also submit TOEFL scores. For the most current U.S. Government requirements, international students should contact the Center for International Services. Those students seeking a concurrent degree in Museum Studies must apply through the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 


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QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS: All newly matriculated students are required to pass a competency exam in the history of art. This qualifying exam tests the student's broad background in the discipline and consists of sixty slide identifications of major monuments and forty brief definitions of terms. All graduate students must also demonstrate reading ability in one foreign language pertinent to their program of study, usually French, German or Italian. Students who do not pass these exams must file a petition form within one month for re-testing. This petition should be completed after consultation with the student's advisor and should state the method of preparation and date for re-taking the exam.