For queries related to admissions, please write only to [email protected]

This will help to ensure the quickest response possible.

Our admissions season is currently closed and will reopen in September for admission into fall of 2025.

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.

GRE scores are not required nor will they be considered. If English is not your first language or the official language of your undergraduate studies, TOEFL/IELTS scores are required.

Online Application

Your application to the Williams Graduate Program will consist of the main application form, a statement of intellectual and professional purpose, unofficial digital transcripts, and a writing sample.

For the writing sample, the recommended length is 10 to 20 pages. To facilitate the uploading, processing and printing of your materials, we ask that you limit yourself only to illustrations essential for comprehending your writing sample.

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.

Please DO NOT send or upload unrequested supplementary materials (such as resumes/CV’s, exhibition catalogues, books, 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.

Please feel free to email us with any questions about the application process; inquiries should be sent to [email protected] ONLY.


Class Size and Profile

In recent years matriculated classes have 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 financial aid on a need and merit basis. International students are equally eligible for these grants. A substantial number of students in the program receive a full tuition waiver plus a stipend for living expenses. All students have the opportunity of a paid internship at the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, or other partner institutions. Additional support for research travel and conferences is available to all students.


Notification of admission is normally made in March and April, on a rolling basis.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Williams College is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which members of all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, Williams does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for 2021-2022 is set at $59,350. A substantial number of scholarships with full tuition waiver are available to successful applicants. Awards are made on the basis of both need and merit and may include a living stipend. Paid internship opportunities are available to each student over the four semester span of the program.

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