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Visual Studies Ph.D. - Apply

Applicants to Visual Studies must hold a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degree or their equivalents from an accredited institution and submit the following materials for review:

  • Completed application, including a statement of purpose and a personal history statement
  • GRE General Test scores are NOT required
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Writing sample illustrating scholarly potential, not to exceed 20 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV

Successful applicants will demonstrate their potential for original scholarship in the field, interest in academic or curatorial positions, superior oral, visual, and written skills and a commitment to education.

For detailed information about the application process and requirements and to apply, please visit UCSC Graduate Admissions.

Visual Studies Application Frequently Asked Questions.

Applications for 2022-23 will be accepted from October 1- December 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time).