Application deadline for Fall 2021: January 1, 2021

The application for Fall 2021 is LIVE!

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Please see the complete admissions information, and find links to financial aid and other essential materials on the Graduate School website admissions page.

Follow this link to the Graduate School’s page for our program.

See below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the application process and about the curriculum of the program

Admissions FAQS

Many common questions are answered below, so please check here before reaching out.
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at!

Q: Can you send me an application, brochure, prospectus, etc., in the mail?
A: All information about the program and the application process, including forms, is available on the program’s and Graduate School’s websites. You can access the pages at these two links:

1. Art & Museum Studies M.A. Program Page (
2. Graduate School of Art & Sciences Page ( and choose “master’s” and then choose “Art & Museum Studies”)

We do not have any additional materials to mail out.

Q: When is the application deadline?
A: January 1, 2021, for admission in Fall 2021.

Q: What additional materials are required with the application form?
A: Please submit the following:

Non-refundable Application Fee
Statement of Purpose (500-750 words) stating why this program suits your goals.
Copies of Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)*
Three Letters of Recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae (c.v.)
TOEFL/IELTS, if applicable


*Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Graduate School’s How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.

For further information about the application materials please visit (

Q: Do I have to have majored in Art History to apply?
A: No, students who have degrees in similar fields, such as history, anthropology, sociology, and literature, are encouraged to apply. However, most successful applicants have completed substantial coursework in art history.

Q: What if I don’t have two art history classes on my transcript?
A: If you don’t already have two art history classes on your college transcript, you may be admitted conditionally and be required to take appropriate art history courses before enrolling.

Q: What do you look for in a Statement of Purpose?
A: The statement of purpose should address the aspects of your background, experience, and goals that will be meaningful to the program. Tell the admissions committee why this program in particular fits your goals and why you want to enroll. You may choose to discuss something that influenced you, but the overall aim is to keep your writing as relevant, specific, and concise as possible.
We prefer that you do not send a writing sample. 

Q: What are the requirements for the three letters of recommendation?
A: Make sure the letters are from appropriate people. One (preferably two) should be from people who knew you in an academic setting. It is also helpful if you include a letter from someone who supervised you in a museum internship or job. Please make sure recommenders know what our program is about and discuss how you would be an asset to our program. It would be helpful if you give your recommenders a copy of your draft application so that they will be informed with what your goals are and why you think our program is a good fit. We suggest that you list key points for them to address in their letters. 

Q: Where do I send my application and transcript?
Please use the online application formdo NOT send any application materials directly to the Art and Art History department. 
Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements (new window) for additional details and FAQs.

Q: When will I know if I’ve been accepted?
A: You will be notified of your status (accepted, waitlisted, or declined) in mid -to late March, in most cases. We ask accepted students to confirm their desire to matriculate as soon as possible, so that students whose names are on the waiting list can be notified of their final status in a timely manner. 

Q: Do I need to come in for an interview?
A: We do not have official interviews as part of the application process. However, we would be happy to meet prospective students to discuss the program further. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Emily Aufuldish, at with any questions, or to set up an appointment. If you’d like to meet an admissions officer and have a tour of the entire campus, the Graduate School Admissions Office has regular information sessions on alternate Fridays at 1 pm for much of the school year. See the graduate school’s information session schedule here.

AMUS Program and Curriculum FAQs

Q: How long does it normally take to complete the program? 
A: The program is designed to be completed in 12 months. However, in special circumstances, a leave of absence and an adjustment in the schedule are possible. 

Q: Can I attend part-time?
The program is structured for full-time study, however, under certain circumstances, we do accept students for part time study. Please contact for further information. 

Q: Can I study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in the fall or summer semester instead of the spring?
There is logic to the program’s organization. Everyone takes required and elective courses at Georgetown in the fall. During the spring semester, students choose one intensive course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London or New York, or 12 credits at Georgetown.

Q: What courses can I take at Georgetown and at Sotheby’s?
Listings of courses generally offered in the program are on the main web page. Note that the art history seminars vary from year to year, so you may find updated information on current courses and schedules through Georgetown’s web page, Sotheby’s course offerings may vary by year as well. In 2019, students had the option to take 12 credits of coursework in the Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York (AMUS 690), or 12 credits of coursework in the following certificate programs at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London: Art and Business (AMUS 680), Asian Art and it’s Markets (AMUS 670), Foundations of Western Art (AMUS 610), or Art Museums, Galleries and Curating (AMUS 650). You may also check Sotheby’s website for detailed descriptions of courses. Students are not required to apply separately to Sotheby’s, but enroll simply by registering for the desired program at Georgetown. We will discuss all the courses and academic resources in detail early in the fall. 

Q: Tell me more about the internships? Where can I find an internship? Do you help me find internships, and will I be paid?
A: Washington, D.C., has a wealth of museums and galleries offering internships. Our students have interned at the Smithsonian’s Free Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kreeger Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Textile Museum, among many others. Most internships do not provide compensation, but students can be paid if they find a paid internship. Fall internships are considered half-time, approximately 15-20 hours per week. Admitted students receive detailed Internship Guidelines. Information on various museums’ internship programs is available on individual museums’ webpages. We urge accepted students to apply directly for internships, in consultation with the Program Director. We work closely with the internship coordinators in area museums to make sure that each student in the program has a suitable internship. For the summer internships (6 course credits), students obtain full-time positions at museums, galleries, or other art institutions in Washington, D.C., or other cities in the United States or abroad. Students meet at Georgetown at the end of summer for a four-day capstone workshop. 

Direct questions to Emily Aufuldish at