Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions

How to Apply for a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Admissions Office seeks to admit a diverse, talented pool of students. 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.

Art History M.A.

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

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:

• A completed application form;

• 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;

• A CV/Resume

• 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.

English language proficiency tests accepted

Minimum score required 

IELTS - Academic

7.0 in each subtest

CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)


CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) 


PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic version) 


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. Payment options. 

Where to send your application materials
All elements of the application are to be submitted via email to [email protected] or through the online application portal. Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized exam scores (IELTS, GRE, etc.) must be emailed directly by the granting institution, professor, or examining board. Admission is competitive. For an application to be considered, all required materials must be received by published deadline.  

 Application deadlines  

Deadlines for Fall admission

Date by which all application materials must be received   

Decision notification date  


Regular Decision

February 1

March 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]

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]