Admissions | College of Arts


Academic requirements

Admission to the M.A. program in Art History and Visual Culture may be granted on the recommendation of the School of Fine Art and Music to:

  1. the holder of a BA degree (honours equivalent), or an honours BA (or its equivalent in art history) with a minimum of a 75% average; or
  2. in exceptional cases, the holder of a degree in another field who has completed a minimum of six one-semester courses in art history; or
  3. a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from the provisional-student category.

It is highly recommended that applicants complete at least eight semesters of courses in art history, cultural studies, or related areas prior to applying. Serious interest in, and substantial familiarity with, historical and contemporary issues in Art and Visual Culture is expected.

Application Supplementary Support Materials

Each applicant must submit the following:

  1. A single-page statement that outlines the applicant's career objectives and reasons for wishing to study in the University of Guelph's Master of Arts program in Art History and Visual Culture.
  2. Letters of reference from two professors. The applicant must have taken a significant proportion of course work from at least one of the professors. An acceptable alternative to one such letter may be from the department Chair on behalf of the department in which the applicant has studied, or from a professional in the field who is familiar with the applicant's abilities.
  3. Un-official University Transcripts
  4. Writing Sample

Application procedure

Online application is now required by the University of Guelph.

Application Fee is CDN $110.

Within 5 business day of completing the online application you should receive an email with information regarding the process to upload your statement and transcripts to WebAdvisor.  Your references will also be contacted by email with instructions on how to complete the online referee forms.

Review of applications begins January 16th, 2020 but we welcome later submissions.