University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

M.A. in Visual Studies

Application Deadlines

  • February 15 is the next application deadline.
  • Applications received after February 15 and before April 15 will be considered for admission on a rolling basis.
  • Admission to the MA program is in the Fall semester only. Applicants receive notification of acceptance by the middle of March.

Application Procedure and Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 or above is required. Applicants should have a broad exposure to art history courses, (i.e., a minimum of two survey courses and 2 upper-level courses). GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE) scores may be included but are not required.

Up to 12 graduate level transfer credits may be accepted toward the M.A. degree by the department. This will be determined on an individual basis. Students wishing to transfer graduate credits should consult the Director of Graduate Studies after acceptance to the program.

Application Instructions

GrAdMIT online application

All applications must be initiated at the GrAdMIT on-line application form which contains complete instructions. The online application will allow you to attach (upload) the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Writing Sample
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions

When you have finished your online application you must “submit it for final review” and pay the application fee ($75) before the application will be available to our faculty for review.

Additional Information

The STATEMENT OF INTENT describes your preparation (academic and related work/life experience) and motivation for graduate study in Art History. Describe academic areas of focus that you are interested in pursuing, interdisciplinary interests, career objectives and any other information that may be helpful to admissions committee.

The WRITING SAMPLE is most often a well-written paper from an undergraduate course. This is critical component of the application.

 A minimum of THREE LETTERS OF REFERENCE are required, preferably from former professors or museum professionals attesting to your capacity for graduate level research. When you submit your references’ email addresses they will receive an automatic electronic solicitation. It is crucial that you provide a viable email address for each referee. You may wish to notify them in advance so that they can have their letter ready to upload.  Please note that your recommenders will only receive this solicitation after you have submitted your application for final review.  As such, we recommend that you plan to finalize your application prior to the deadline.

International Applicants

In addition to the above, you must provide additional documentation to the department before the application deadline:

  • Complete Financial Form with Bank Documents per instructions on the International Graduate Admissions website
  • Officially verified TOEFL score from ETS
  • English translation of Transcript
  • Proof of Degree

Mail or deliver supplemental materials (transcripts) to:

MA Admissions Committee
UB Department of Art
202 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY, 14260-6010

Fellowship/Scholarship Info

While employment opportunities within the department are occasionally available, the MA program does not offer scholarship or fellowship support. However, there are University funding opportunities as noted below.

Morris Arts Scholarships and Fellowships

$50,000 Awarded Annually

UB undergraduate and graduate students, both entering (including incoming freshmen) and continuing, in the creative and performing arts who create and/or perform as departmental majors or prospective majors are eligible to be considered for an award for the period July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009. Awards are made to fund the cost of attending UB as a recruitment or retention award; to defray the costs a student incurs in the creation, exhibition, or performance of an artistic work; or as academic enhancement or enrichment awards providing advanced students access to further study and professional experience beyond that available at UB. Summer programs, institutes, internships, workshops, and other such ventures are increasingly important to the professional development of emerging talent, and therefore requests for funding such opportunities may be made to this fund.

Morris Arts Scholarships and Fellowships are awarded once per year. The award amount for an academic year scholarship or fellowship ranges from $2,000 to $10,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded for enrichment awards or to defray artistic production costs. Awards will be made without consultation with the principal Donors.

Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program Fellowships

The Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program is sponsored by New York State and offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university. Students in the program have outstanding academic credentials which contribute to an impressive graduation and retention rate of close to eighty percent. Schomburg Fellows participate in conferences and seminars and present papers in their respective disciplines. Since its inception in 1987, over 500 academically talented students have received support through this Fellowship program.

Graduate Educational Opportunity Program (GEOP)

The Graduate Educational Opportunity Program (GEOP) provides tuition scholarships to graduates of Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and CUNY Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) programs within New York State who wish to pursue further education at the graduate level.

M.A. in Visual Studies Faculty:

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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