Grad Art


Deadline: January 3, 2020

Our student body varies widely in age, experience, background, and nationality. We accept applications regardless of citizenship status, and welcome applicants from outside the field of the history of art. The application deadline is January 3, 2020.

Prospective students are invited to apply online. The application fee is now $75.00. 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 (Graduate Program, Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, MA 01267) 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. In the Recommendations section of the online application you will need to supply the names and contact information of at least three referees who will be asked to send their letters of support through our secure online system.

Online Application

Clicking on the link below will take you to a login screen where you may create a free account and read detailed instructions for navigating the application for admission form. In addition to the supporting documents referred to above, your application will consist of the main application form, a statement of intellectual and professional purpose, and a writing sample. We ask that you delete any attached images from the latter because the purpose of the writing sample is to allow the Admissions Committee to assess your writing proficiency, not your interest in particular subject matter, the structure of your argument, etc. As to length, 10 to 20 pages is sufficient.

Please DO NOT send or upload unrequested supplementary materials (such as CV’s, exhibition catalogues, books, unofficial transcripts, etc.) as these kinds of materials will not become part of the applicant file, and will not be returned. Also please note: DO NOT send any application materials/documents to the Williams Admissions office, which handles undergraduate applications only.

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Class Size and Profile

In recent years each matriculated class has averaged a dozen students. The student body varies widely in age, experience, background, nationality, and citizenship status. 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, and offers substantial financial aid on a need and merit basis.


Notification of admission is normally made in March and April, on a rolling basis. Each March, the Program hosts an open house for admitted and wait-listed students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2019-2020 is set at $56,970.

A limited number of scholarships are available to successful applicants. Awards are made on the basis of both need and merit, and may include a living stipend. As well, internship opportunities are available to each student over the four semester span of the program.

Instructions for Financial Aid applications provided upon admission. For details on health insurance and other resources, see the Williams College website.