Prospective Students


Prospective Students

Considering a PhD in Art and Architectural History?

Prospective Students

The PhD Program in Art and Architectural History enrolls approximately five students per year. All students receive a six-year package that includes full-tuition remission, health insurance, and a generous stipend. Students with either a BA or an MA in art history, architectural history, or related fields are encouraged to apply for the PhD program. We are committed to the identification, retention, mentoring, and graduation of a highly talented and diverse graduate student population.

Six things prospective applicants need to know: 

1. Application form

December 15 is the deadline to apply for admission and application should be made online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (gsas) webpage.

2. Faculty contact: Amanda Phillips, Director of Graduate Studies email >

Given the specialized and personal nature of PhD research, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members with whom they may wish to study. Emails are always welcome, and faculty advisors may request phone, Skype, or personal interviews as part of the admissions process. Applicants are always encouraged to visit UVA and to arrange meetings with possible advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies.

3. Letters of recommendation

Students are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Ideally, applicants should request letters of recommendation from at least two teachers in the history of art and architecture. Letters from teachers in other academic fields are also suitable. All letters of recommendation must be received by December 15. 

4. Writing sample

Applicants should submit a sample of their written work. There are no minimums or maximums, although article-length essays (under 10,000 words) are preferable.

5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

 Students who have not completed a prior undergraduate degree in English must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 90. The department no longer requires or accepts the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Requirements

6. Notification of decision

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the spring term. The University is required to give students until April 15 to accept or decline fellowship offers for the following year. The department will do its best to keep applicants apprised of their standing, and the Director of Graduate Studies is always happy to field questions from applicants.