Graduate Student Admissions & Financial Aid

Applicants may be admitted to the post-bachelor¹s MA or MA/PhD programs or to the post-master’s PhD program.

Applicants for the MA degree choose from one of three tracks: a general track, a track with specialized focus on the history of architecture, and a track with specialized focus on the history of Asian art and architecture. Applicants for the PhD degree choose one of two tracks: a general track (which includes students specializing in Asian and other non-Western art and architecture) and a track with specialized focus on the history of architecture.

History of Art & Architecture admissions information can be found within this document.

For additional information on applying to our graduate program, please visit The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences webpage. There you can find the online application form, financial aid and scholarship information, and contact information regarding the status of submitted applications.

If you have department-specific questions regarding your application, you may also contact our Director of Graduate Admissions:

Professor Jonathan Ribner
Director of Graduate Admissions

725 Commonwealth Ave, 210B
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-1465
Fax: (617) 353-3243

Financial Aid

A variety of fellowships, assistantships and grants are available to qualified degree candidates. Dean’s Fellowships offer five years of support (tuition and fee coverage in addition to an annual stipend) for entering post-BA and post-MA PhD students. (Students may not apply directly to the Graduate School for these fellowships.) In addition to the Dean’s Fellowships, the Department of History of Art & Architecture annually awards a number of teaching fellowships and graduate assistantships (tuition assistance in return for work per week). Graduate assistants are usually assigned to the Boston University Art Gallery or as research assistants to the department’s faculty.

Grants in the Field of American Art
Students engaged in writing dissertations on American Art can apply to the Beaze and Harry Adelson Research and Travel Fellowship for American Art, which funds dissertation research and travel expenses up to $2500.”

History of Photography Grants
Kate and Hall Peterson have given the department a discretionary fund for the support and encouragement of doctoral studies in the History of Photography.

Fellowships in Asian Art History
The Richard and Geneva Hofheimer Fellowship and the Ralph C. Marcove Fellowship are two endowed fellowship funds that support graduate studies in Asian art history.

Graduate Travel Grants
The History of Art & Architecture Alumni Fund and the Patricia Hills Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund provide funds for students giving papers at conferences. For detailed instructions for application eligibility, instructions, and reimbursement, click here.