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Admissions Requirements

Entrance into either the M.A. or Ph.D. programs is limited to the best qualified applicants. A minimum CGPA of 3.3 or the equivalent, i.e. 75%, is highly recommended. Decisions regarding supervisors are only made after the admissions committee has selected the successful applicants.

The Department requires a research statement of at least 250 words outlining the candidate's particular research interest in Art History as well as a sample of his/her written work such as a seminar paper or, in the case of Ph.D. applicants, all or part of the M.A. paper or thesis. For a complete list of materials required see the Application Checklist below.

M.A. Program

To apply to the M.A. program, candidates are normally expected to have a B.A. degree in art history or in another closely related field; candidates may come from other fields such as literary studies, comparative literature, ethnic studies, Canadian studies, architecture, urban planning, film studies, history, performance studies, or philosophy/aesthetics, but must have taken at least 10 courses relating to the history and theory of some aspect of the visual arts, preferably covering a wide range of historical time periods and geographical regions. In exceptional cases, applicants without a strong background in art history may be admitted but with additional requirements arranged in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies to be completed before matriculation in the MA program.

Ph.D. Program

In order to apply to the Ph.D. program, candidates must hold an M.A. degree preferably in art history or in a closely related field together with an appropriate number of art history and related courses such as are described for entrance into the M.A. program.

All candidates for the Ph.D. program are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor well in advance of submitting the application in order to establish a relationship. Applicants who have not vetted their research proposal (application statement) with a potential supervisor are unlikely to be admitted.

Application Deadlines

Date for Guaranteed Consideration:

MA: January 15 for following September admission.

PhD: January 15 for following September admission.

There are no January admissions for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.


Application Process

As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version.  For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:  http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare