MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Details can be found at http://artandarthistory.uic.edu/content/school-art-art-history-graduate-admissions. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required The GRE is not required for application to the Museum and Exhibition Studies program.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 650 (paper-based); 95, with subscores of  Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s education, ability, and experience.
  • Personal Statement Applicants must submit a statement of purpose no more than 500 words in length.
  • Writing Sample Applicants must submit a writing sample of 4–6 pages (1,000–1,500 words).
  • Interview Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview after completing the online application.
  • Resume Required.
  • Application Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website at http://grad.uic.edu/deadlines.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 52.
  • Course Work
Required Courses (24 hours)
Museum Collections
Exhibition Practices
Writing for Exhibitions
Public Engagement in Museums
Museum Genres, Practices and Institutions
Supervised Internship in Museum and Exhibition Studies
Elective Courses
20 hours chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor
  • Comprehensive Examination Not required.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Thesis, project, or course work (exhibition) only. No other options are available. Students may choose one of the following:
    • Thesis: Must take at least 8 hours in thesis research (AH 598). No more than 8 hours of AH 598 can be applied toward the degree.
    • Project: Must take at least 8 hours of project (AH 597). No more than 8 hours of AH 597 can be applied toward the degree.
    • Course Work Only (two papers): Students must submit two substantial papers written in conjunction with core or elective graduate courses. Register for AH 590 for 0 hours.