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Application Deadline

Completed applications must be received and on file by March 15th for Fall semester and October 15th for Spring semester.

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. Scores can be sent using the code 4488 for Montana State University.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view the list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


With three full-time, two part-time, and several affiliated faculty, we are currently the only program in the Northern Rocky Mountains able to offer students an innovative curriculum that fosters a critical understanding of the production of art and its environment from the ancient world to the present.  While maintaining a commitment to rigorous historical research, we work beyond the traditional boundaries of Art History to explore new perspectives arising from intercultural exchanges, interdisciplinary approaches, and theoretical inquiries.  Faculty have extensive experience in field, museum, and archival research, a strong record of scholarly publications, and strong backgrounds in theory and methods.  We prepare graduate students for careers in academic instruction, art administration, and art criticism.


Many graduate students receive teaching assistantships and fee waivers to help defray the cost of graduate study. However, financial aid is available to graduate students who show evidence of financial need. While such assistance may take various forms, most graduate students receive aid through loans or the work/study program.

Awarded annually through the department and is quite competitive, all interested students, including current TAs, must apply for the new academic year. Teaching assistantships are awarded in the spring for the following academic year. Teaching assistantships carry with them tuition waivers. Tuition waivers cover tuition only. Fees such as registration, building, computer equipment, insurance, etc. are not covered by the waiver.

Transfer Credits:
Some credits can be transferred from graduate study at other institutions and applied to this program. The specifics of such transfers are addressed in the Graduate Bulletin, and students should inquire about the procedures for requesting approval of transfer credits as soon as they arrive for their first semester of attendance. See The Graduate School policies and procedures.

Contact Information:
For more information about the Graduate Program in Art and Art History, please email or call (406) 994-4501.