Graduate Admissions

The Master’s program at the O’Donnell Institute is designed as a rigorous, immersive experience for the most motivated students.

The Master’s program at the O’Donnell Institute is designed as a rigorous, immersive experience for the most motivated students. Each entering class will comprise around ten students, admitted on the basis of their merit and potential.

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or its equivalent at an international institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate foundation in art history or related field, or comparable professional experience. Applicants must meet the UT Dallas Graduate School general admission requirements, and must have achieved at least a 3.6 G.P.A. (especially in upper-division undergraduate work). The strongest applicants will also demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one foreign language related to the desired research focus.


Honoré Daumier, Outside the Print–Seller’s Shop, c. 1860–1863, oil on panel, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O’Hara Fund

Fall 2020 Application Deadlines

Deadlines for U.S. Citizens and International Applicants
Term Early (Priority) Application and
Documentation Deadline
Regular Application and
Documentation Deadline
Late Application and
Documentation Deadline
Fall Full-Term January 15

May 1

Day prior to Classes begin
Academic Calendar

The Graduate Application Process

Application to the Master’s program is completed online through the UT Dallas Office of Admissions website.  Applicants can review file requirements for uploading documents on the Office of Admissions and Enrollment pages. If you have questions while submitting your material for review, please contact [email protected]

The Graduate School application website will request the following documents:

  • Application for Graduate Study at UT Dallas (available online). To finalize your application, please submit the $50 application fee (International applications may have additional fees and requirements).

  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to submit a copy of an official transcript from each institution from which they have obtained a degree. Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Admission and Enrollment before being allowed to enroll.

  • Letters of recommendation: Applicants will be prompted by the online application to indicate three recommenders (at least one academic). The recommenders will be sent an email that contains the recommendation form. Each letter should be written by someone who knows your work well and can judge your merit and potential.

  • Curriculum Vitae: Your CV should summarize your educational background, including institutions and degrees earned. It should also include a summary of academic and professional positions held (e.g. teaching assistantships or internships), awards and fellowships, and academic publications.

  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your preparation and motivation for graduate study in the field of art history, your research interests in your chosen area(s) of study, and your future professional goals. In particular, what are the questions that will drive your study and research, what contribution will your work make to the field, and how will you draw on the research initiatives, academic curriculum, and resources of the O’Donnell Institute? Your statement of purpose should be 1000-1500 words long.

  • One sample of academic writing:  Your writing sample should be in PDF format only and should not exceed 12 MB.

    International applicants may be subject to additional requirements. Please visit the Office of Admission and Enrollment website for up to date information.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Application Process

The School of Arts and Humanities offers supplemental support to graduate students through the awarding of Teaching Assistantships. Students enrolled in all of the School's graduate programs are eligible to apply. TAs support the educational mission of the School and gain valuable experience by assisting faculty members with instruction in undergraduate courses and by staffing the programs and research Centers within the School.

Teaching Assistantships must be applied for annually and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and program needs. The selection of TAs is thus highly competitive. Students who apply for a Teaching Assistantship after the annual deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration.

Teaching Assistantship applications for Academic Year 2020-2021 are due no later than January 15, 2020 along with graduate early (priority) applications.

Please visit the UTD Arts & Humanities Funding Opportunities webpage for the TA Application and additional information.

Additional opportunities for funding may be possible depending on availability.