Art History 4 +1 B.A./M.A
About the ProgramThe 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 DegreeUpon 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.
36 units; 9 courses
- VS 290A-Art History Theories and Methods
- Two sections of AH 298-Master’s Seminar in Art History
- Three sections of VS 295-Graduate Seminar in Visual Studies (with Art History Faculty only)
- Two sections of AH 299-Master’s Thesis Research
- One elective graduate seminar
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.
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 EligibilityAll applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to the Art History 4+1 program:
- Current UCI undergraduate student status.
- Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
- Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 in Art History coursework
- Applicants who are non-Art History majors must take a minimum of two upper division Art History courses prior to applying to the program.
- Set up an application advising appointment with Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor.
- Complete the online application. The link to the application will be sent to the applicant after the application advising appointment.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DeadlineStudents 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?
• Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply to the program?
• What is the cost application fee?
• I am an international student, do I need to do anything else for the application?
• I need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. What do I need to do?
• Do I have to be a full-time student to participate in the program?
• 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?
• Is there any funding available for admitted students?