Art History Department




Application Timeline for 2019-2020 Academic Year


Applications to the Department of Art History must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admission application.

The Online Admissions Application opens on September 19th, 2018.  



Items to be completed and submitted by December 15th, 2018:

  1. SGS online application
  2. Application fee
  3. Institutional email addresses of 3 referees*

*The referees will receive an email from our automated system at the time of your application fee payment with instructions to the template and a notice of their deadline date (January 15th, 2019). Please ensure that you have the approval of your referees before these emails are sent.


Items to be completed and submitted by January 15th, 2019:

  1. Transcripts**
  2. Graduate info sheet
  3. CV
  4. Letter of Intent
  5. Writing Sample
  6. Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

The referees have until January 15th, 2019 to upload their letters of reference.

**For more information on Transcript submission, please see below


 Offers of admission from the Department of Art History will be sent out both electronically through email and physically mailed. Admissions are decided on a rolling basis from the end of February, 2019 onward.





How to Apply

  • Applications to the Department of Art History must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application. The department will consider your application only after you have completed all steps of the application.
  • Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you.
  • On the SGS online admission form, there will be a section titled “Proposed Area of Study”.  Please indicate one (or more) of the following as your area of study in this section: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern/Contemporary, East Asian, South Asian, or African.
  • You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. Payment is made at the time of application online using only a Visa or MasterCard credit card.
  • Once your payment has been received, emails will be automatically sent to your referees for their letters of reference.
  • You may return at any time to check on the status of this application.

Application Checklist

All documentation should be uploaded onto the SGS online application system.

1. Scanned and uploaded transcript(s)

All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.

Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting.

More information provided below.

2. Letters of recommendation

You will be asked to supply email addresses for three (3) referees.

Emails will be automatically sent to your referees once you have paid your application fee.

Letters of reference will be part of the official student academic record; they are confidential and applicants/students will not have access to them.

3. A sample of your written work

The writing sample should be a research paper (or equivalent) no more than 30 pages in length.

PhD applicants should normally submit a paper in their proposed research area.

4. A letter of intent

Your letter of intent should describe your academic interests and your plans for graduate study, and should be one page (two if necessary).

Please do not make this an autobiography. A bit of background information about yourself is fine, but we especially want to know about your intellectual trajectory and your current research interests and methodologies.

If you are applying as a Direct Entry PhD make it clear to us in your statement that you wish to be considered initially for the PhD program.

5. CV
6. Graduate Information Sheet This form is designed to declare your language facility and your proposed area of study (please choose one): Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern, Modern/Contemporary, East Asian, South Asian or African.
7. Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application.

For more information, including minimum required scores, please see the English Facility Requirement page.

Detailed Transcript Information

Detailed requirements for scanning and submitting transcripts

The following option applies to transcripts from Canadian universities only: In lieu of a scanned copy of a paper transcript, applicants may upload a .PDF file of their academic history from their university’s student web service.  Printing to pdf directly from your web browser is ideal; if this is not possible you may copy and paste the information into a word processing program and print to pdf from there. Where possible, the file should include the university’s grading legend and your name.  Some universities do not include the same information on the student web service as they do on the transcript (e.g., class size or average).  If the admissions committee determines that the file is incomplete you may be asked to submit a copy of the transcript instead.

Technical Requirements for scanning transcripts

Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.

  • The file must be in .PDF format.  Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to .PDF before uploading.
  • The file size of each scanned transcript file to be uploaded must not exceed 3 megabytes (MB).
  • If your transcript is double-sided, please be sure to scan the front and back of each page.
  • The transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript) must appear at least once for every scanned transcript submitted.
  • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/US 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.
  • Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.

Submission of Official (Paper) Transcripts

If you are given a letter of offer, as a condition of admission, you will be required to submit complete official paper transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended.

Applicants who apply while their most recent program is still in progress, and who are offered admission, may be required to provide an additional final official transcript indicating completion of that program and degree conferral.  These applicants are admitted conditionally, and the requirements will be indicated on the offer of admission.

Admitted applicants who do not clear their conditions of admission may not be allowed to register and/or may have their offer of admission withdrawn.

The University of Toronto requires an official transcript from each post-secondary institution that you have attended; it is your responsibility to submit transcripts PRIOR to the deadline unless otherwise noted by the program’s instructions.  Each institution will have its own procedures for issuing transcripts, and in some cases this can take weeks or even months.  You must consider this timeline when requesting your transcript(s).

You may submit official transcripts in one of two ways:

  1. Instruct your institution(s) to mail an official transcript directly to the UofT graduate unit to which you are applying:  The transcript must be issued directly to the Graduate Department of Art and sent to the mailing address provided (please see below).  Documents must be sealed in the original envelope from the issuing institution, with a signature across the seal.


  1. Obtain an official, “issued to student” transcript from your institution and mail it to the Graduate Department of Art.  Documents must be sealed in the original envelope from the issuing institution, with a signature across the seal.

Photocopies, faxes, or documents arriving in previously opened envelopes will not be considered official.  All non-English language documents must be officially translated into English and submitted to the University of Toronto together with the originals.  If you are unable to submit official documents, please contact the Graduate Office directly.



 If you are applying to a collaborative program, its application procedures may differ from ours. Please visit the appropriate website to review the application procedures and any special admission requirements of that program. When submitting documentation ensure that you submit what is needed for the collaborative program application as well.

The following collaborative programs are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Book History and Print Culture(History of Art, MA, PhD)
  2. Diaspora and Transnational Studies(History of Art, MA, PhD)
  3. Jewish Studies(History of Art, MA, PhD)
  4. MACS Mediterranean Archaeology Collaborative Specialization (History of Art, PhD)
  5. Sexual Diversity Studies(History of Art, MA, PhD)



If you are currently in an undergraduate program and in the process of applying to graduate programs for September 2019, and you have an A minus average or higher, then you should seriously consider making application to scholarship programs such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Masters fellowship (SSHRC). The OGS is available to non-Canadians (Visa students) who are Ontario residents at the time of application. The SSHRC has a Masters Fellowship available only to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who are entering a graduate program. Current University of Toronto students (especially 4th year undergraduate students and MA students) should apply through the Graduate Department of Art at UofT. If you are not a current UofT student, apply through your University, or, if you are not currently a student, apply directly to SSHRC.

Links to Scholarship Application forms:

The Departmental Deadlines for the 2019-2020 OGS Competition are Mar 22, 2019 for international students and  May 10, 2019 for domestic students.  

  • The 2019-2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Competition at the University of Toronto will open in mid-October 2018.
  • Details and forms are available on the SGS website.

The Departmental Deadline for the 2019-2010 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS-M) is December 3, 2018.

  • Information on the Canadian Graduate Scholarship Master’s application may be found on the SGS website and the NSERC website (as part of the tri-agency harmonization, SSHRC CGS-M applications are made through the NSERC website).

The Departmental Deadline for the 2019-2020 SSHRC Doctoral Awards Competition is October 15, 2018.

  • Applicants submit one application to be considered for both the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS-D) and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
  • Information and application instructions may be found on the SSHRC website.

Applying to the PhD Program

It is strongly recommended that applicants to the PhD program (including Direct Entry) visit the department and meet with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Elizabeth Harney (September 2018–December 2018) and the professor(s) in their area of interest. Students who are unable to visit may be interviewed via telephone after their applications are submitted. The department may contact applicants to schedule telephone interviews.

Note: Direct entry PhD applicants if unsuccessful to the PhD Program will automatically be considered for the MA Program.

Please note the following document to assist you in finding the right supervisor for you:

And please feel free to download the Graduate Supervision Guidelines from the University of Toronto:

You may proceed to the SGS online admissions application:

Contact Information

For further assistance and submitting hard copy official transcripts (if you were sent a letter of offer) please contact:

Graduate Assistant, Department of Art History
100 St. George Street
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 6037A
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3, Canada
Tel: 416-946-3960

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