Grad Art


Deadline: January 3, 2019

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

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.

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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, 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.


As a result of a recent review of our procedures, we no longer conduct applicant interviews. However, applicants should feel free to get in touch with us via phone (413-458-0596) or email ( [email protected] ) with questions at any time.

All students admitted to the program are welcome to visit campus following admission, and the Program will facilitate this.


Notification of admission is normally made in March and April, on a rolling basis. Open houses for admitted students are scheduled for mid-March and possibly early April.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $53,240.

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.

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. 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.