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A masters degree from the Institute is an investment in your future in the arts. It is an advanced degree that prepares students to go on to a PhD or to careers in art museums, galleries, auction houses, archaeological sites and in the wider art world.

The program is two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study for those with professional obligations.

To speak to someone about the M.A. program or to learn more about the admissions process, contact:

Requirements for Admission

• Candidates for a degree from the Institute of Fine Arts should have an excellent background in the liberal arts, normally including at least four courses of undergraduate art history. A major in art history is not required.

• Starting with the Fall 2022 admissions cycle, the Institute of Fine Arts will no longer accept GRE scores as part of the application. Candidates should not send their GREs scores as they cannot be recorded or included as part of the application.

• Applicants will submit a focused, 2-4 page, double-spaced Statement of Academic Purpose. Applicants must also submit a CV.

• The Institute requires at least three letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant's research and writing skills.

• One art history writing sample is required.

• The Graduate School requires applicants who are not native English speakers to submit official TOEFL or IELTS score results. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived if your baccalaureate or master’s degree was (or will be) completed at an institution where the language of instruction is English.

Candidates wishing to be considered for admission to the Institute for Fall 2024 should submit their applications by January 17th, 2024.

Applications are processed electronically by NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) Office of Admissions,, 212-998-8050.

Applications to the IFA are submitted electronically through GSAS online.