Master of Arts in Art History


The MA seeks a diverse pool of applicants eager to pursue rigorous graduate study in an international environment while benefitting from the many opportunities for intellectual and professional growth available in Rome.  Applications are welcome from holders of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited university who have completed at least twelve semester credit hours or the equivalent in the history of art with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (B) or the equivalent. Seminars and courses are conducted in English and thus require proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written. Reading knowledge of Italian, French, or German at the time of entry into the program is strongly recommended. 

How to apply

Admission is based on a review of the following items:

  • completed application form ;
  • personal statement of 600 words detailing your reasons for interest in the program;
  • A sample (10-15 pages) of your academic writing in English;
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) study undertaken to date. Transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English translation;
  • Proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent at an accredited university, if not attested in the official transcripts;
  • GRE results (US applicants and graduates of US universities and colleges only. Our GRE code is 7772);
  • Three letters of reference from professors evaluating your academic work and appropriateness for graduate study;
  • Evidence of English language proficiency in the form of an official letter from the institution at which the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) attesting that English was the principal language of instruction for the degree; or scores on one of the following English language proficiency tests. 
English language proficiency tests accepted Minimum score required 
IELTS - Academic 7.0 in each subtest
CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) 185
CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)  185
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic version)   70

50 dollar/50 euro non-refundable application fee is required for the processing of the application. The application fee is waived for current John Cabot University students and alumni. Please note that only U.S. and Canadian citizens may pay in dollars.  For payment options click here. 

Where to send your application materials
All elements of the application are to be submitted via email to [email protected]. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized exam scores (TOEFL, GRE, etc.) must be emailed directly by the granting institution, professor, or examining board.   

Application deadlines  

 Deadlines for admission in Fall semester 2017 Date by which all application materials must be received    Decision notification date   Notes 
Regular Decision March 1, 2017 April 1, 2017 Application deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for funding
Late Decision I June 1, 2017 June 15, 2017  
Late Decision II July 31, 2017 August 5, 2017 Available only to applicants who do not require a visa for study in Italy

For further questions about the MA program or application process please contact: [email protected].