MA Admissions Requirements

Applications open for Fall 2021: October 2, 2020

Deadline for Fall 2021:  January 2, 2021

Fall notification date mid-March
Application fee $106.00 for Canadians
$168.25 for international students
Annual enrolment limit No limit, but typically 10-12 students
Applications accepted by mail or online Online only

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. 

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

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the MA in art history normally are required to have had preparation in the discipline equivalent to the undergraduate major in art history at UBC: a minimum of ten courses (equaling 30 credits) in art history at the third and fourth-year levels. It is recommended that these courses represent a significant range of historical periods and/or geographical areas. An A grade must have been earned in at least 12 credits, with a high B standing in the remainder, for an overall average of not less than B+.

In addition, applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements: an honours or bachelor’s degree requiring four years of study with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level coursework. From Quebec, a three-year bachelor’s degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d’Etudes Collegiales (D.E.C.) has been previously awarded. If you are an international student, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website to confirm the minimum admission requirements. These standards constitute the minimum requirement, and admission remains at the discretion of the department.

For detailed admissions requirements, please see the MA in Art History Program brochure.