Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program in the History of Art and the History of Architecture at Brown University. Prospective students interested in applying for graduate study in our department should apply through the Graduate School's website. To learn more about the graduate application, go to Parts of the Graduate Application. You can also find helpful resources for submitting an application on our page, Resources for a Successful Graduate Application. For specific questions about our programs, please contact HIAA's Director of Graduate Studies, [email protected].

Please Note: The GRE is no longer required for admission to the PhD program.


Application Deadline: January 2nd, 2024

We encourage students to reach out to potential academic advisors. Please see our People page for all current faculty members.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is no longer required for entry into the PhD program.

Applicants should expect to be notified by the Graduate School, within four to eight weeks of the application deadline for their programs (February or March for a January 1 deadline).  While individual academic programs evaluate applicants for admission, offers of admission are only binding when made in writing by the Dean of the Graduate School. Admission may, in some cases, be deferred; aid offers cannot be deferred. For information on admissions, please email [email protected]

Yes. Brown University requires this exam. However, if you have a previous degree (BA or MA) from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English you do not have to take the TOEFL. For more information please see the Graduate School policy