How to apply for your MA

Application deadline extended to January 31, 2024.

The online application opens September 1st each year and closes December 1st for entry the following September. 

Admission to the MA program

Prior to applying to our MA program, you should have a significant academic background: either a major or honours degree in art history, or a closely related field.

If you do not have sufficient course work in art history, you may be asked to complete additional course work at the senior undergraduate level before your application to the graduate program will be considered.

Your MA application check list:

  • Application form (online form can be saved and accessed again)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutes you have attended (you may be required to provide original transcripts in a sealed envelope from the institution at a later date should you be offered admission)
  • 2 academic references: please provide names and email addresses. They will then be sent an email with a link to an online form they can either complete, or upload a letter of reference
  • *Proof of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose, answering the following questions:
    • Why this department?
    • What skills are you planning to gain from your degree?
    • What do you want to study?
    • What experience do you have in your field of study?
    • Would you like to study or do research with a particular faculty member?
  • A sample of written art-historical research (you may submit a copy of one of your undergraduate papers from your 4th year)
  • Application fee

*If English is not your first language, or was not the language of instruction for a recent degree, you will be required to provide IELTS or TOEFL scores that demonstrate English proficiency.

For admission to the MA and PhD programs in Art History & Visual Studies, students need to have a solid background in academic Art History/Film Studies with a minimum of 6-8 courses covering various chronological periods and geographic areas of Art History/Film Studies.

You must also meet all of the requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Students at the University of Victoria.

Applying is easy! Just follow these step-by-step online application instructions.

Apply now!


If you have questions about our MA or PhD program or admissions requirements, please contact the , the or the AHVS