Frequently Asked Questions
What must be submitted with the application?
All applicants must submit: short written essays following the prompts in the online application; a resume; three letters of recommendation (ideally, both academic and professional); transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions of higher education; TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students; and a non-refundable $100.00 application fee.
Please note that applications are considered on a rolling basis; candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
Do you require the GRE?
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are strongly recommended, but not required.
Are there any courses I need to take prior to entering the program?
A minimum of two college-level courses in art history are required. Candidates will be asked to specify the courses they have taken to fulfill this requirement in their application.
What requirements apply to international students?
An international credential evaluation and English language proficiency scores are required. For more information about required materials for international applicants, please visit our International Applicants page.
What specific undergraduate degrees are acceptable for admission?
Most students who have been admitted to the program have undergraduate degrees in art history, or other subjects that are relevant to the art business, such as fine arts, business, economics, or history. Regardless of their undergraduate major, all students must demonstrate a knowledge of art, as well as strong writing and research skills.
Can I complete the program as a part-time student?
The curriculum is designed for full-time study, but in special circumstances, a student may take fewer than the full-time load per term, and is permitted to take up to three years to complete the program. Students must request permission from the Department Chair to enroll in the program on a part-time basis.
What is the nature of the thesis?
Students who are interested in writing a thesis are encouraged to think about possible
topics from the onset of the program. They will declare their intention to embark
on a thesis and submit a brief project proposal by the end of the second semester
of study. Students who choose the thesis track will enroll in AM 655 Thesis Seminar
and AM 701 Thesis Preparation in their third semester of study. The Thesis Seminar
will guide students through the research and writing process, while also providing
background on research methodologies and academic standards. They will also work closely
with an advisor. Totaling 12,000 to 15,000 words, the resulting project will represent
an original contribution to the field.
Can I customize my degree in any way?
The choice of internship sites, the selection of coursework in the third semester, and the specific topic of the thesis offer students the opportunity to pursue individual interests. Full-time graduate students may also take undergraduate courses free of charge.
How does the Art Market Studies department determine acceptance?
Completed applications are reviewed as they are submitted (i.e. on a rolling basis), and thus candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Selection is based on all of the components of the application, though the department prioritizes applicants with a demonstrated interest in the field, relevant educational backgrounds, and prior professional experience. A candidate’s transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, work experience, and test scores (if applicable) are considered together. Select candidates will be interviewed via Google Meet. Please note, not all applicants will be granted an interview.
How many students are accepted each year?
Between 15 and 20 students are admitted each year.
Do you accept students to start in the spring semester?
The fall semester is the only intake period per year.
What positions do graduates of the Art Market Studies program obtain?
Most graduates find employment in the commercial art world (galleries, auction houses, appraisal firms, art fairs, art advisory firms, etc.), but alumni have also obtained positions in museums and non-profit organizations.