Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in
Art and Art History at the University of Denver. If you have
any questions about the process, please contact the Office of
1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in Art and Art History at the
University of Denver must be submitted online. For priority
consideration, all online materials must be submitted, and
all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the
program's stated deadline: January 31.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an
application to be processed. Application fee waivers are
available for McNair Scholars.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and
A baccalaureate degree is required. At least five
undergraduate art history courses and two years of collegelevel
language are recommended. Some nonwestern art
history is encouraged and two studio art classes are preferred.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from
each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently
attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour)
or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's degree from
a regionally accredited college or university is required.
Applicants must also account for any study undertaken
outside the United States. If study abroad course work with
grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those
records must be obtained as well. All transcripts must be
official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a
sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do
not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested
by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be
accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who
have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit
proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or
diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we
encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies
for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's
in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four
weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's
stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from
outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
3. Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
Applicants are generally required to demonstrate a 153
on the GRE verbal section and 4.0 on the writing section.
Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing
agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution
code for the University of Denver is 4842. Non-native English
speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this
requirement is independent of citizenship status.
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550
(paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is
6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary
degree from an institution where English is the only language
of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally
accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are
exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no
exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate
fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL
speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please
for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
4. Personal Statement
A personal statement including relevant information
concerning your education, practical experience, special
interests, goals and specific purpose for applying to the MA
program in art and art history is required. The statement
should be submitted via upload through the online application
5. Writing Sample: Research Paper
A research paper, preferably an Art History research paper, is
required. A paper demonstrating the applicant's research and
writing abilities and the applicant's strengths in discussing
images and art historical issues is most helpful.
6. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters from
individuals familiar with the applicant's research and writing
skills are particularly useful. These letters should be solicited
and uploaded by recommenders through the online application
system. Letters must be received by the program's stated
7. Financial Support
The School of Art and Art History has a variety of financial
aid options. Student can apply for two types of financial aid:
departmental financial aid, primarily merit-based aid such as
graduate dean's tuition scholarships and graduate teaching
assistantships; and, federal financial aid including student
loans and work study. To be considered for financial
support, domestic applicants should apply early and
submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) by the priority deadline: February 15. Information
about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid
website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Some programs
provide competitive awards in the form of fellowships and/
or assistantships. Contact your academic program for more
8. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission
process. You can check your application status online using WebCentral.
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials
not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
For complete international applicant information, please visit
the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application
Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to
have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the
program's application deadline.