Application Deadlines
for Fall 2017


Fall Quarter: November 1
Winter Quarter: February 15
Spring Quarter: May 1

Art History 4 +1 B.A./M.A

About the Program

The 4+1 B.A./M.A. program, established in 2016, is a unique Master’s graduate program in which all current UCI undergraduate students can build upon their undergraduate work to complete an MA in Art History in one additional year beyond the completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

The M.A. degree program in Art History is designed to provide students with advanced skills and broad knowledge in the discipline of art history. The faculty is particularly well equipped to guide students with special interests in American, Asian, and European art history. Students who complete the M.A. degree will be prepared for careers in museums, galleries, and educational institutions as well as academically competent to continue their graduate study at the Ph.D. level should they wish to do so.

Time to Degree

Upon admission, students will begin graduate level coursework during their final year of their undergraduate career. All degree requirements and Master’s thesis will be completed within one year (three quarters) once students have transitioned to graduate student status. Maximum time to degree is two years after the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Coursework
36 units; 9 courses
  1. VS 290A-Art History Theories and Methods
  2. Two sections of AH 298-Master’s Seminar in Art History
  3. Three sections of VS 295-Graduate Seminar in Visual Studies (with Art History Faculty only)
  4. Two sections of AH 299-Master’s Thesis Research
  5. One elective graduate seminar
Language Other Than English
Students must complete college-level course work equivalent to UCI’s sixth quarter of study (2C level, or for Latin or Greek, one 103 and one 104, or two 103s or 104s) in a language other than English or equivalent competence. The final course must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better.

Degree Conferral
Students will be conferred the Master’s degree in Art History after the successful completion of all coursework, the language requirement, and the Master’s Thesis. The Master’s Thesis will be approximately twenty pages in length. It will consist of independent research supervised by the Faculty Advisor.

Application Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to the Art History 4+1 program:
  1. Current UCI undergraduate student status.
  2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  3. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 in Art History coursework
  4. Applicants who are non-Art History majors must take a minimum of two upper division Art History courses prior to applying to the program.
Note: All applicants must officially apply to the program before they graduate with their B.A. For example, if an applicant is graduating in Fall, they must apply to the program by the Fall Quarter application deadline. Their application will not be accepted if they apply in Winter Quarter.

Application Process

  1. Set up an application advising appointment with Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor.
  2. Complete the online application. The link to the application will be sent to the applicant after the application advising appointment.
  3. Submit the following supplemental application materials:
            a. Official transcripts of all post-secondary work.
                            Send all official transcripts via mail to:
                            UCI SOH Office of Graduate Study
                            Attn: Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia
                            172 Humanities Instructional Building
                            Irvine, CA 92697-3390
            b. One letter of recommendation.
                            Note: The letter of recommendation must be written by an Art History faculty member or
                            faculty member of a related field. The submission of the letter will be managed via the
                            online application system.
            c. One Writing Sample.
                            Requirements: Five to ten pages in length. This sample should be academic in nature
                            and highlight your research and writing abilities. All writing samples must be submitted
                            electronically to hinojosa@uci.edu 11:45pm by the application deadline. All submissions
                            must be PDF and saved as last name (space) first name (space) application ID number.
                            You will be assigned an application ID number at the time you begin the online
                            application process.       

Application Deadline

Students in their final year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply to the program at any designated deadline as listed above.

Frequently Asked Questions

• Why are there three application deadlines?

Three application deadlines allow for students who graduate before Spring Quarter to maintain their eligibility to apply to the program. Also, by having earlier dates (Fall and Winter), students will know sooner if they will be starting their graduate studies here at UCI. This will also allow admitted students to begin graduate coursework (ART HIS 298) before they officially start the program in the Fall.

• Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply to the program?

As the 4+1 program is unique in that it combines the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree experience, applicants do not need to complete the GRE.

• What is the cost application fee?

For the 2016-2017 application cycle, the application fee is $105 for U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents and $125 for International Citizens. Qualified domestic applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver.

• I am an international student, do I need to do anything else for the application?

International students who have completed their entire bachelor’s degree here at UC Irvine do not need to complete anything else in addition to what has been listed under the application supplemental materials. If you are an international student that transferred to UCI during the course of your undergraduate studies and English is not the primary language in your home country, you will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

• I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. What do I need to do?

All TOEFL/IELTS scores will need to be submitted electronically to UC Irvine Graduate Division. Our institution code is 4859.

• Do I have to be a full-time student to participate in the program?

Master's students can complete the program as a full-time or part-time student. To be on part-time status, students must submit a petition to Graduate Division prior to the fee payment deadline for the quarter they wish to begin part-time status. Be sure to contact Arielle to begin the petition process.

• What is equivalent competence for the language requirement?

  • Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 on any of the following AP exams: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam score as approved.
  • Approved courses from other colleges.
  • Demonstrated proficiency above the 2C level as determined by UCI Placement Exam results.
  • Completion of 2 or more years of high school or college at an institution where the language of instruction was not English (official transcripts must be submitted to UCI).

• Will I have health insurance through UCI?

All students, undergraduate and graduate, are provided health care insurance through USHIP/GSHIP. Should you already have health insurance through another provider, students are eligible to waive participation in the GSHIP insurance plan. Be sure to check to waiver deadline period for each academic quarter.

• Is there any funding available for admitted students?

Unfortunately, there is no funding available to Masters students in the form of fellowships. Should you be in need of assistance to self-fund your graduate education, contact the UCI Financial Aid Office to see what kind of financial aid is available to you.