Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs lead to the discovery of artistic passion and serve as the foundation for academic and career pursuits.

Art Enrichment Beyond the Classroom

The UMKC Department of Art and Art History is fortunate to enjoy close physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community so we can offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists and enrichment programs to supplement coursework.

Graduate Program Options

M.A. in Art History

M.A. in Studio Art

Admission Requirements

Visit the School of Graduate Studies

Additional Graduate Degree Admissions Requirements

Once you explore our graduate admissions requirements, we invite you to visit campus and meet with the department.

In addition to the UMKC graduate admission application, applicants must submit supplementary materials specific to the M.A. in art history.

 Application deadlines

  • Fall admission - May 1
  • Spring admission - Nov. 1
  • Graduate assistantships and fellowships for the following academic year - Feb. 1

Complete Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Send all undergraduate transcripts directly to UMKC Admissions
  3. Email us additional art history materials to complete the application process
    • A one-page statement of purpose
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A short writing sample (preferably a short art history paper, 10 pages or less)

Questions? Email Cristina Albu.

In addition to the UMKC graduate admission application, applicants must submit supplementary materials specific to the M.A. in art history.

 Application deadlines

  • Fall admission - May 1
  • Spring admission - Nov. 1
  • Graduate assistantships and fellowships for the following academic year - Feb. 1

Complete Application Requirements

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Send all undergraduate transcripts directly to UMKC Admissions
  3. Send additional studio art materials through Dropbox or Google Drive to Barry Anderson to complete the application process
    • Portfolio of recent work, 15-20 images (jpeg/bmp/QT/AVI/Flash)
    • A separate document that lists your portfolio images’ titles, dates, sizes and media type
    • CV/resume
    • Personal statement 
      • Reason(s) for pursuing admittance into graduate-level study,
      • Reason(s) for choosing UMKC’s Department of Art and Art History as educational institution,
      • Focus of art work,
      • Ultimate professional ambitions and
      • Why you should be selected for the M.A. program.
    • Three letters of recommendation from art professionals or professors

Questions? Email Barry Anderson.