History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Art History

"Hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media"

Application Requirements

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

Applicants to the MA in art history must submit

  • Completed Application for Graduate Study (online).
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Virginia In-State Tuition Rates Application if claiming entitlement to these rates.
  • Unofficial copies of transcript(s) from previous domestic institution(s) attended (uploaded via online application).
  • Goals statement (uploaded via online application) that explains student’s interest in art history graduate study.
  • The names and email addresses (via the online application) of the two art history professors or others closely associated with the candidate’s pre-professional activities who will be submitting the required letters of recommendation. Please follow instructions on the online application for submitting this information.
  • GRE Scores. This requirement is waived for students who received their undergraduate degree 10 or more years ago, or who hold another graduate degree.
  • Resume (uploaded via online application) that clearly describes student’s background in art history or related fields.

After your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive instructions on how to submit the following required item:

  • Writing sample (uploaded online).

Applicants with international academic credentials should:

NOTE: Applicants may supply an official international transcript evaluation from an independent evaluation agency approved by NACES or AACRAO. The WES-ICAP evaluation service includes verified academic credentials as part of the evaluation package. If you prefer to have Mason evaluate your international transcripts, you should apply 45 days before the posted deadline date.

  • provide proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency Standards
  • submit your official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions either via postal mail or in-person to:

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
245 Johnson Center
Fairfax, VA  22030

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at masongrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-9700.

Additional Information

Applicants to the MA in art history should hold a BA in art history or a minor in art history that includes two courses at the 400 level or have an equivalent background. Candidates without the requisite background may be admitted provisionally.

Applicants who have been academically terminated or dismissed from any George Mason University graduate program must wait a minimum of two years from the semester of termination/dismissal to apply to the MA in art history program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: March 15

Spring Deadline: November 01

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.

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