Admission Deadline: Fall - February 1: Priority consideration for admission and funding; April 1: Guaranteed review for admission and consideration for funding, if available. (Applications for admission will continue to be accepted after April 1, when space remains available in the program.)
Standardized test scores: GRE general test is not required.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Applicants who do not meet minimum English language requirements may be eligible for our full-time Applied English Language program.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of Purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, community activities, and your experiences and/or commitment to diversity and inclusion. You may also include any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
Writing Sample: A recent writing sample is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

202-994-6210 (phone)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits in required and elective courses.

CAH 6258Art Historiography
At least one course from five of the following seven categories:
Classical, ancient Near East, and medieval worlds
CAH 6201Proseminar in Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
CAH 6202Proseminar in Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
CAH 6205Topics in Ancient Art
CAH 6211Proseminar in Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
CAH 6212Proseminar in Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture
CAH 6215Seminar in Medieval Art and Architecture
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
Islamic spheres
CAH 6213Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 6214Art of the Book in the Medieval Muslim World
CAH 6265Seminar in Islamic Art and Architecture
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
CAH 6220Proseminar in Italian Art and Architecture of the Thirteenth Through Fifteenth Centuries
CAH 6221Proseminar in Italian Art and Architecture of the Sixteenth Century
CAH 6222Proseminar in Early Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 6223Proseminar in Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture
CAH 6225Seminar in Renaissance Art
CAH 6231Proseminar in Italian Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 6232Proseminar in Northern European Art and Architecture of the Seventeenth Century
CAH 6234Proseminar in Spanish and Portuguese Art through the Sixteenth Century
CAH 6236Seminar in Baroque Art
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
18th-19th Century
CAH 6240Proseminar in European Art of the Eighteenth Century
CAH 6245Seminar in European Art of the Nineteenth Century
CAH 6251Proseminar in American Art in the Age of Revolution
CAH 6252Proseminar in American Art in the Era of National Expansion
CAH 6254Seminar in American Art before 1900
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
CAH 6246Proseminar in Modern Architecture in Europe and America
CAH 6250Seminar in Modern Art
CAH 6255Seminar Studies in American Art and History
CAH 6256Seminar in American Art of the Twentieth Century
CAH 6257Seminar in Photography
CAH 6269Seminar in Contemporary Art
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
CAH 6286Preventive Conservation Concepts
CAH 6287Preventive Conservation Techniques
CAH 6400History of Exhibitions
CAH 6260Seminar in African Art
CAH 6261Seminar in Asian Art
CAH 6262Seminar in South Asian Art
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
Pre-Columbian/Latin American
CAH 6270Special Topics in Art History
Internship/Independent Study
CAH 6298Independent Research in Art History
CAH 6299Museum Internship
Up to 6 credits of graduate coursework may be completed outside the department with approval of the graduate advisor.
One qualifying paper must be submitted in the spring semester of the second year. Part-time students will submit one qualifying paper at date set in consultation with the graduate advisor.
Foreign language proficiency is not required for the master's degree. However, students have the option of taking an examination in one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, or Spanish.

Museum Training Concentration

Prerequisites and requirements are the same as those for the MA in the field of art history. After completion of 18 credits in Art History (CAH) courses, students in the concentration take 6 credits of internship through enrollment in CAH 6299.