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The PhD in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago is designed to promote intellectual inquiry and provide professional-level training in the discipline, in a program that provides both wide coverage and particular depth in areas of faculty strength, including, but not limited to, the History of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism; Global Art Histories; and the History of Modern and Contemporary Art. Students may also pursue topics that combine these areas of focus or expand beyond them.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Historiography of the Visual Arts, 1750 to 1960
  • Toward New Histories of the Visual Arts, 1960 to the Present
  • Topics in Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Topics in North American Art and Architecture
  • Topics on Art in Chicago

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  •  Doctoral applicants who have a Master of Arts degree in a related field may be accepted directly into the doctoral program with the transfer of up to 32 credits toward the doctorate. 
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from professors and others who are familiar with the applicant’s potential for serious academic work.
  • Applicants must submit a short statement of purpose (2–3 pages) that should address the reasons for wishing to do doctoral work and the relationship of this work to their professional and career objectives.
  • Applicants must submit a sample of their written work (approximately 25 pages).
  •  Applicants must submit a list of their academic and professional achievements (1-4 pages).

Tuition Fee

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    7227 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 7227 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
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