Considering applying to Rice University's PhD in Art History? Please pay particular attention to the following application instructions and frequent inquiries below, as well as the program eligibility and application requirements listed in the sections below. Please contact Reese Alexander for assistance with admissions, or with questions regarding progress to degree, registration, or financial issues.
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Fall 2020 applications will open up in early September 2019.
Candidates will be notified of admissions decisions in February; communications will be sent to the email address provided by the candidate on the application form.
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.
There are no minimum requirements for GPA or GRE scores.
All of the following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
APPLICATION FORM & FEE: Applications must be submitted online at https://gradapply.rice.edu. Applicants will be prompted to pay an $85 non-refundable application fee once the application is submitted.
UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS: Unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities. The department will review unofficial transcripts during the admissions process; official transcripts will be required after acceptance into the graduate program.
OFFICIAL TEST SCORES:
GRE (Graduate Record Exam): School Code: 6609, any department code accepted. Scores from the general test only should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); scores must not be more than five years old. GRE scores are required regardless of educational background or previous degrees attained.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (International applicants only): TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores should be directly from ETS to Rice (School Code: 6609); scores must not be more than two years old. Please see the following page for additional information regarding IELTS and waiver options: https://gps.rice.edu/qualifications.
CURRICULUM VITAE (CV): A CV, which includes a comprehensive listing of professional history including employment, academic credentials, publications, and contribution or significant achievements.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: A statement describing the applicant’s educational objectives and intended area of study, as well as any research projects or independent research which influenced the applicant’s desire to pursue graduate studies. Statements should be no longer than two double-spaced pages.
RESEARCH PAPER: A research paper, preferably on the applicant’s area of interest, and 15-25 double-spaced pages in length.
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s personal and scholastic qualities are required, preferably from professors in the applicant’s major field. Once recommenders name and contact information is provided in the application form, automated emails requesting that recommenders complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation will be sent; we advise applicants to make sure recommenders know to expect this email and to give them sufficient time to complete this task ahead of the application deadline.