A few suggestions for those who wish to apply to Graduate School:
- Enhance you prospects for admission by earning good grades (a strong G.P.A. is essential); minoring or double-majoring in a related field; becoming proficient in a second language (M.A. programs usually require reading skills in one or two foreign languages, usually French, Italian, or German); having a study abroad experience; interning in a museum or gallery or participating in an archaeological dig; visiting museums and seeing important temporary exhibitions; and finally by reading novels and books about art, history, philosophy, etc. to acquire a broad general culture.
- Talk to your professors and advisor about your academic and professional goals. Not only can they provide advices, but you will also need three letters of reference. To write a stronger letter, your professor would have to know you well and over a period of time.
- Research graduate schools, their plans of study and course offerings, and look for individual faculty members whose research and work match your interests. If possible visit the universities and make appointments to meet the faculty. For detailed information on the different graduate programs, see the Graduate Programs in Art History: The CAA Directory, which covers 650 graduate programs in six countries for History of Art and Architecture, Arts Administration, Curatorial and Museum Studies, and Library Science. It provides information such as Curricula; Class size; Faculty and specializations; Degree requirements; Library and studio facilities; Opportunities for fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid; Availability of health insurance, etc. The directory is available at the Visual Resources Center (PAO 3121F)
- Plan your writing sample early and discuss it with your professors. The writing sample should showcase your research, writing, and analytical skills. Ideally, it would reflect your research interest.
- Get help from the Liberal Arts Career Development (LACD) to navigate through the complex and lengthy application process.
- Watch the following video which was put together by a group of young art historians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyUJ2OPRdkQ&feature=channel_video_title