Application Requirements

 

The Master of Arts in Art History has moved to an online application process for our degree & non-degree programs. Note that the application fee is waived with the online application!

The Letter of Recommendation forms can be sent electronically with the online application but are also available here for downloading. 
Letter of Recommendation forms:

Degree Recommendation Letter 

Non-Degree Recommendation Letter


Degree-Seeking Students

Application Deadline:
March 1 (summer or fall)
November 1 (spring)

Admission Requirements:

A bachelor's degree in art history or a related field from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript. An art history major is the best preparation, but students may be accepted with a strong liberal arts or interdisciplinary background. Undergraduate coursework in art history or professional experience in the discipline is expected.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended should be sent directly to the Art History Department graduate office.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript.
  • Completed application form (See NEW Online Application button above) 
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant's relevant abilities and achievements. At least one must be from a former professor.
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing the applicant's interest in art history and reasons for pursuing graduate studies at St. Thomas. 
  • A writing sample showing research and writing expertise (sample will not be returned)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (WAIVED with online application)

Non-degree-seeking students

Nondegree Admission Deadlines:
Fall semester - Aug. 15
Spring semester - Jan. 15
Summer session - May 1

Admission Requirements:

You may begin the Master of Arts degree in Art History as a nondegree student. This option may interest prospective students whose schedules do not work with the timing of the March or Nov. application deadlines. Enrolling in one or more courses at nondegree status can also provide contact with faculty members, an opportunity to develop a writing sample for the degree application, and/or a chance to evaluate whether the program's offerings match your needs, interests, and abilities. The following are admission criteria for nondegree students:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript.
  • Completed application form (See NEW Online Application button above) 
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing the applicant's interest in art history and reasons for pursuing graduate studies at St. Thomas. 
  • A non-refundable $50 application fee (WAIVED with online application)
  • One letter of recommendation
    OR
  • A writing sample showing research and writing expertise (sample will not be returned)

Changing from nondegree status to degree-seeking status

Nondegree students may apply for degree-seeking status at the regular admissions deadlines by submitting all required application materials. Letters of recommendation solicited from faculty in the program are allowable. Up to four courses taken as a nondegree student may be applied for credit towards the degree.


International Applicants

Nonresidents of the United States are encouraged to plan well in advance of the application deadlines. Additional documentation is required of International students as specified in the online application.

Mailing address for transcripts, letters of recommendation and international documentation:

Art History Department
Graduate Office
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Mail 57P
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096


The University of St. Thomas is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.