How to Apply

After much consultation and reflection, Rice University’s School of Humanities has decided to pause admissions to all five of its Ph.D. programs for one year. We do so as a robust response to the challenges of COVID-19, which has interrupted Humanities research in libraries, museums, and archives and all research travel.

This step will also allow us to offer additional financial support to our continuing Ph.D. students as they contend with these same challenges. Our commitment to graduate education in the Humanities remains unwavering. This one-year pause is, in fact, an expression of that commitment. We also recognize that the study of the Humanities is now, in the face of the multiple crises our society must confront, more relevant than ever.

We will reopen our application cycle in September 2021 for the class of 2022. Please feel free to correspond with us regarding your interest in our Ph.D. programs. We very much look forward to reviewing your application materials next year.

Questions about the graduate program may be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions:

Program Eligibility

Candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree, or who will complete a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the admission term, are eligible to apply. Many, but not all, of our applicants also have a Master’s degree in Art History or a related field. Please note that program requirements are identical for those entering with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Applicants with previous degrees in majors other than Art History are eligible to apply, although a substantial background in art history/visual studies is recommended.

In general, applicants should have a 3.0 (B) grade point average, or the equivalent, in their undergraduate work. There are no minimum requirements for GRE scores.