University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Graduate Admissions Information


Admission is offered only for the Fall term except under highly unusual circumstances.

Prior to your application to the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, we strongly recommend that you contact individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working. Faculty interests and contact information is available from the Faculty Page.

General questions about the graduate program should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Jenny Lin.

Questions about the application process should be directed to us at 541 346-3675 or to

Additional information on graduate studies at UO is available from the Graduate School.

Admission Procedure 

Our department requires that application materials be submitted online.

Application for admission is a two-part process. Students must apply to both the University and the department. You will access both the university and department application through GradWeb. Please review the application requirements below. The online application requires payment of the University of Oregon application fee using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or personal check (e-check).

Be sure to follow all of the instructions carefully; incomplete applications will not be considered.

In order to complete your application you will need to provide basic personal information, residency information, and information about your academic history. In addition, you will need to submit:

  • Statement of Purpose. Describe in detail your interests in the field of art and/or architectural history and your career plans. This statement should describe your research interests, professional goals, how these integrate with our department, and why you wish to be admitted to our program. Be sure to indicate the faculty member (or members) and the resources and aspects of the program that seem particularly suited to your educational needs; also indicate your anticipated field of specialization. (Please limit the length of this document to a maximum of 4 double-spaced pages.)
  • Writing Sample. Provide one sample of your written work, typically a term paper. The sample should indicate your potential as a graduate student and art historian, so choose carefully.
  • List of Art History Courses. This list should include all art history and closely-related courses taken, the institution and year in which each was taken, and the grade you received in each.
  • Description of Language Preparation and Proficiency.
    • Note that all graduate students are required to demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one foreign language by the end of their first year in the program. The language must be approved by the student's advisor and should be relevant to the student's scholarly interests.
  • CV. Please upload a copy of your curriculum vitae (résumé) listing your educational background and experience.
  • Transcript(s). Upload copies in the online application and send one official copy for each institution you have attended to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions 
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

  • GRE Test Scores. Self-report your scores in the online application and have the official report of your scores sent directly to the department by ETS using the following codes:
    • 4846 = University of Oregon
    • 2301 = Department of the History of Art and Architecture
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. These should be by former professors or similar professionals who are in a position to evaluate your potential for successful completion of a graduate degree in art and architectural history. The GradWeb Application System will guide you through the process. You will only have to enter names and email addresses. They system will the request the recommendation directly. 

If you have any questions about the application process or the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, please contact us at 541-346-3675 or

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your application!

APPLY NOW: GradWeb online application

Graduate School Promising Scholar Award

The Department of the History of Art & Architecture intends to nominate two (2) outstanding applicants to the graduate program this year to receive the Promising Scholar Award. This awards program is administered by the University of Oregon Graduate School in partnership with departments, colleges, the office for Research, Innovation & Graduate Education (RIGE), the office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). It aims to support students of underrepresented minorities; women pursuing degrees in STEM fields in which women are underrepresented; or those who are economically disadvantaged.

Successful applicants to the Promising Scholar Award will receive a stipend plus tuition and benefits support for one academic year. Applicants to the graduate program who believe they may be eligible for the award are asked to indicate their wish to be considered in their personal statements. Please include one paragraph indicating 1) reasons for which you may be eligible for the award, and 2) how the award may affect your decision to pursue a graduate degree in the discipline of art history.