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Each year the Institute receives over 200 applications to our PhD program, for an entering class of approximately eight students. Competition for admission to the Institute is high.
The student following the PhD course of study gains a deeper understanding of a subject area, beyond what is normally acquired at the master’s level and develops a capacity for independent scholarship. The PhD program is designed for the person who wants to investigate the role of the visual arts in culture through detailed, object-based examination as well as historical and theoretical interpretation. The degree program provides a focused and rigorous experience supported by interaction with the leading scholars of the Institute and access to New York area museums, curators, conservators, archaeological sites as well as NYU’s global network. The PhD program is designed for six years of full time funded study.
Requirements for Admission
Applicants who received their bachelor’s degree from a non-English speaking university must also submit a TOEFL score.
Candidates wishing to be considered for admission to the Institute for Fall 2013 should submit their applications before December 18, 2012.
Applications are processed electronically by NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) Office of Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-998-8050.
Applications to the IFA are submitted electronically through GSAS on-line.
Students enrolled in the PhD program at the Institute of Fine Arts may apply to receive the Certificate in Curatorial Studies.
This doctoral-level program is offered jointly by the Institute of Fine Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, under the supervision of the Joint Committee on Curatorial Studies, which is composed of faculty, curators, and the Directors of both institutions. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for curatorial careers in specialized fields. Problems of museum education and general administration are raised but not emphasized. The course of study normally requires three and one-half to four years.