Graduate FAQs

Graduate Admissions

Due to COVID-19 we ask that all application materials be sent electronically through the online application system. Admissions staff are working remotely and will be unable to process incoming mail. If it is absolutely necessary to send an application document by post please send to:
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
170-6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

When you apply for admission you will automatically be considered for any internal awards and funding for which you are eligible.

You must apply online. Please note that all supporting documents (e.g., writing sample, official transcripts, references) are now uploaded as electronic files to the online application. Applicants will only be required to submit official hard-copy transcripts for verification if they are offered admission.

It is strongly advised that an applicant have a minimum of 18 academic credits of non-studio courses at the 300 level or above, with at least a B+ (76%) standing in each. This is to ensure that, if admitted, the student will benefit from the academic components of the program.

You are not required to take the GRE test for admission to the department.

If you have studied at a university outside of Canada where English is not the language of instruction, you must write a TOEFL or IELTS test. Requirements are as follows:

  • The minimum TOEFL score required for all applicants to the Faculty of Graduate Studies is 100 for the Internet-based exam (with minimum component scores of 22 for reading/listening and 21 for writing/speaking). TOEFL scores must be issued to UBC directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Use the University of British Columbia's institution code 0965 and give the reason for taking TOEFL "to enter a college or university as a graduate student."
  • The minimum IELTS score required for all applicants to the Faculty of Graduate Studies is A minimum overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.*
  • UBC requires an official score to be sent to us electronically from the test centre. On the IELTS application form you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results being sent to. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, you have to use the following details on the application:
  • Name of institution: The University of British Columbia
  • Name of person/department: Graduate School Admissions
  • Address: 170 – 6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory offers the following four graduate programs:

  • MA in Art History
  • MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies
  • MFA in Visual Art
  • PhD in Art History

For information about these programs, visit our graduate page. For graduate programs offered by other departments, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

The department offers a Diploma in Art History program to supplement first degrees with the necessary Art History credits for a master’s study in the discipline. For more information about the Diploma in Art History, please visit our graduate page.

The application deadline is January 10th for all graduate programs within the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. Entrance is only possible in September.

Graduate Programs

Go to the first class and speak to the instructor; any registration in a full course is at the instructor's discretion. You will need to have the instructor sign an add/drop form to have you registered in the class. Visit our department forms and downloads page to find add/drop forms.

Answers to any and all questions regarding policies and procedures can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website under "Current Students". Feel free to contact the AHVA graduate programs coordinator for assistance.

Log in to the Student Service Centre to view your account. Graduate students pay the same amount of tuition in three installments each year in September, January, and May, as opposed to the per-credit payments made by undergraduate students.

Graduate Funding

To be eligible for a SSHRC scholarship you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in (or entering) the MA/PhD in Art History program, or the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies program. To be eligible for an affiliated fellowship you must be in (or entering) any of the graduate programs (MA, PhD, CCST, or MFA); there is no restriction on citizenship. For both awards you must have maintained a minimum first-class average (80% or A- at UBC) in each of your last two years of full-time study. Students are normally eligible for SSHRC and Affiliated Fellowships during their first two years of master's study and first four years of doctoral study. For more information please visit UBC's scholarships, awards, and funding page and the Government of Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council website.

There is no formal procedure for RA positions as they depend on the grants of individual faculty members. Speak to your Graduate Advisor, supervisor, and other faculty members to find out about any RA opportunities.

TA job postings are advertised in the spring and the deadline for application is April 30. The postings will outline what materials are necessary for the application.

To apply for a SSHRC you must fill out the appropriate application form found on the Government of Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council website, and submit a hard copy (along with all supporting documentation) to the AHVA department by the fall deadline. By submitting an SSHRC application, all eligible students are also considered for Affiliated Fellowships. The Affiliated Fellowship application form can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies awards website,, in mid-August for those who are not eligible for a SSHRC. Affiliated Fellowship applications must be submitted in hard copy to the AHVA department by the same fall deadline. Contact the graduate programs coordinator for details.