Admission & Aid

How to Apply

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Prospective students are invited to apply online. The application fee is $70.00. GRE scores should be sent directly by ETS to Williams College, School code 3965; Dept. code 2301 (Art History and Criticism). Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Program by the applicant’s home institution(s). If English is not your first language or the official language of your undergraduate studies,  TOEFL/IELTS scores are required.


Please do not send unrequested supplementary materials (such as CV’s, exhibition catalogues, books, etc.) as these kinds of materials will not become part of the applicant file, and will not be returned.

Class Size and Profile

In recent years each matriculated class has averaged a dozen students. The student body varies widely in age, experience, background, and nationality. Some entering students have just completed the bachelor’s degree, while others may have spent several years in the workplace, including many in museum jobs. The program welcomes applicants from outside the field of the history of art.


An interview is not required for admission. If you wish to schedule an interview, please email Interviews are normally scheduled in January following the submission of an application. 

All students admitted to the program are invited to visit campus following admission.


Notification of admission is normally made in March and April.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $48,030.

A limited number of scholarships are available to successful applicants. Awards are based on the basis of both need and merit, and may include a living stipend. Each student has the opportunity for four semesters of work-study.

Applicants seeking financial aid must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with reference to Williams College #002229. FAFSA may be submitted online at This form is easiest filled out once the student or the student’s parents’ tax return for the previous tax year has been completed. Admitted students under 28 seeking financial aid will be asked to complete Williams Graduate Program forms and support the application for aid with copies of current tax returns and additional financial data. Information submitted by the candidate on application and financial aid forms is held in confidence.