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If you are ready to apply, please complete the official UCR Graduate School Application. This is the application that serves as the official application to the Art History Department’s Graduate Program. The UCR Graduate Division website provides more information about the official application procedures. For full consideration for admission and funding, the application and required materials must be received by January 5th.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Application Process

What is the application deadline?
Although there is no official deadline, applications must be received by January 5th in order to be considered for financial support from the Graduate Division. Also, the admissions committee will make its initial decisions about whom to accept in January. If the application comes in too late for that process, or is not complete by that time, chances of getting accepted and of being offered financial support are significantly more limited. 
Can I apply to the MA program and then continue in the PhD program?
The MA and the PhD programs are separate, and students apply to one or the other program. Students who wish to continue their studies may apply to the PhD program after completing the MA, however. 
How does the online application work? 
The new online application for the Graduate Division allows students to upload a majority of the required supplemental data requested below. Students will be able to electronically request letters of recommendations from Professors and the Recommenders can submit the letters directly to the online system. Also, students can upload their writing sample and review their application to see what supplemental data has been received by the Art History department. 
What supplemental materials are required?
  • GRE scores (verbal and quantitative scores)
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended
  • A writing sample (15–20 pages long) (uploaded files can be no larger than 20MB) preferably on a topic related to your planned area(s) of study. Note: You may provide more than one writing sample to reach the 15-20 page requirement.
  • A Statement of Purpose (1–2 pages long)
    Your Statement of Purpose should provide a clear and detailed description of your academic interests and career objectives. It should include some description of what you have studied so far, and of any relevant work experiences, such as internships with museums or other art-related organizations. As much as possible, we would like to know what you expect your area(s) of specialization within the field to be to be, and what preparation you have had so far in these areas; if there are particular faculty or resources that attract you to study at UC Riverside, please address those.
  • A Personal History Statement
    In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    The application fee ($105 for domestic applicants; $125 for international applications)
    This fee can ONLY be paid with a credit card. Students who do not have access to credit cards may contact the Graduate Admissions Office for check or money order payment options. 951-827-3313.
Where should application materials be sent?
The electronic forms need to be submitted online.  Any supplemental materials that were not uploaded into the electronic application should all be sent to the same location, namely:

The Department of the History of Art
Attn.: Graduate Coordinator
900 University Avenue
235 Arts Building
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Are GRE scores really necessary?
Yes. The GRE requirement (which is a university requirement, in addition to being a department requirement) cannot be waived. There is one exception, namely if the applicant is an international student who cannot take the GRE in his or her current country of residence. (Also see #8 below.) 
How important are the GRE scores?
The GRE scores are one of several factors in the department’s decision about whom to accept. Also important are: the letters of recommendation, the writing sample, the statement of purpose, and coursework and grades at previous institutions, in particular grades in Art History classes. In addition, the GRE scores are a crucial factor in the university administration’s criteria for awarding financial support. 
What would be considered an average GRE score? 
ETS, who administers the GRE tests, has changed their scoring system. With the previous scoring system, the minimum GRE score had been 1100 (verbal and quantitative combined). With the new scoring system, the preferred score is 300 or higher (verbal and quantitative combined). If an applicant’s combined scores fall below the minimum, we suggest that the applicant provide a special explanation, e.g., not a native speaker of English; this can be addressed in a sentence or two within the applicant’s personal statement. Typically, a score below the minimum would raise questions regarding an applicant, whereas higher scores will strengthen their application.
Is funding available for the graduate program?
Limited funding is available for graduate study in art history in the form of university fellowships and teaching assistantships. In addition, the department and the graduate division of the university offer a limited number of grants for research travel and other research-related costs. In the future, fellowships and teaching assistantships will be devoted to PhD students. However, in 2019-20 and 2020-21 some aid will likely be available to MA students as well.  
How much is Tuition at UC Riverside? 
For tuition information, please click here.
Is there anything in addition to, or instead of, GRE scores that is required for international applicants?
Yes, international students need to take the TOEFL and submit their scores. In addition international students must submit a Financial Verification. For more information, please read the Graduate Divisions Visa Procedures.
Who should I contact if I have more questions? 
The Graduate Coordinator for the Art History department can answer your questions. Contact or telephone: 951-827-7878.

For International Applicants

The Graduate Division allows the Art History Department to provide funding for international students only in the PhD program. To retain funding, international students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and remain within normative time to completion of the degree program. (This means that they must write their field reviews in the seventh quarter and present the prospectus in the eighth quarter.) If the international student does not meet these requirements she or he will be assessed tuition and fees at the international student level. Please note that fees per quarter are substantially higher for international students and do not cover living expenses.

International students must also fill out the Financial Verification form to provide evidence of adequate financial support.