Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions

How to Apply for Graduate Study

The Graduate Admissions Office seeks to admit a diverse, talented pool of study abroad students each semester. We are looking for students who seek a diverse international environment, challenging dynamic classes, and who will take full advantage of the opportunities that studying and living in Rome allows.

Admission to John Cabot's Creative Writing graduate courses is based on a review of the following items:

  • Completed application form
  • $50/€50 Application fee. Please note that only U.S. and Canadian citizens may pay in dollars. Payment options. The application fee is waived for American University students enrolled in the MFA program and current John Cabot University students
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary work to date (undergraduate and post-graduate). Transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English language translation. Please note that undergraduate students wishing to take the graduate-level courses must have at least junior standing and must have completed 2 previous Creative Writing courses with a grade of B or higher
  • Writing sample of 20 pages of fiction, or 20 pages of poetry/10 poems. This requirement is waived for American University students enrolled in the MFA program and for undergraduate students taking the courses for undergraduate credit
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (for students who have studied in an English language institution for fewer than two years)

Application Deadlines for Creative Writing Graduate Courses

Term Application Deadline Deposit Deadline Full Payment Deadline
Summer I April 1 April 15 April 30

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 to John Cabot's MA in Art History is based on a review of the following items:

  • A completed application form
  • $50/€50 application fee
  • A personal statement of 600 words detailing your reasons for interest in the program
  • A sample (10-15 pages) of your academic writing in English, with footnotes and bibliography
  • 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 scores - optional, but strongly recommended for applicants wishing to be considered for funding. 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

*Students graduating in the spring are welcome to apply, but should the applicant be accepted they are requested to submit their final transcripts and diploma prior to the start of the program.

Application Deadlines for MA in Art History

Fall semester Deadline Application Materials Deadline Decision Notification Notes
Regular Decision March 1 April 1 Application deadline for applicants wishing to be considered for funding
Late Decision I June 1 June 15  
Late Decision II July 31 August 5 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].

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that the completed application and all supporting materials reach the University in accordance with the above application deadlines.

Students living in the United States or Canada may send their completed application and materials to either the U.S. Mailing Address in Washington, D.C. or directly to the Office of Admissions in Rome. Please note that you should only send your materials to one location.

The University is open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services. Study abroad students enjoy all the rights, privileges and services of degree-seeking students, although priority in course registration is granted to full-time, degree-seeking candidates.

Rome Admissions Office
John Cabot University
Via della Lungara 233

00165 Rome, Italy
Tel: +(39) 06-681-9121
Fax: +(39) 06-589-2088
email: [email protected]
U.S. Mailing Address
John Cabot University
One Metro Center
700 12th Street NW Suite 700 Washington, DC, 20005 
Toll free number: 1-855-JCU-ROMA
email: [email protected]