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Queen's University

Ph.D. in Art History

Apply to the program:
Click here to begin the application process.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2013
(Notification of admission is by mid-March) 


Admission is normally limited to students with an MA in Art History. However, applicants with a degree in a related subject may also be considered. A curriculum vitae and a writing sample (e.g. art history essay) must be sent as electronic copies directly to the Graduate Assistant. Applications must be made online . A brief Statement of Interest (maximum one page), outlining the specific area(s) of research the student wishes to pursue and with which faculty the student wishes to study, must be submitted as part of the online application. Two current academic letters of recommendation must be sent either electronically through the online application process or alternatively as hard copy to the Graduate Assistant. Two official transcripts must be sent to the attention of the Graduate Assistant.



Graduate Assistant
Art History
Ontario Hall, Room 211
Queen's University
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7L 3N6

Please visit the School of Graduate Studies website for further information regarding the Application Process.

Image of Carolyn Dowdell, Ph.D. candidate, at the Mosaic Museum, Istan, Turkey

















Carolyn Dowdell, Ph.D. candidate, at the Mosaic Museum, Istan, Turkey

Language Requirements:

Reading knowledge of one language other than English and if necessary, a minimum of one additional approved language related to the area of thesis research.

Degree Requirements:

The requirements are set according to the general Requirements for Degree Programs specified in the Graduate Calendar.


Students normally register in two art history seminars each term, in addition to any language courses that may be needed.


The School of Graduate Studies and Research at Queen's University offers graduate students four years of guaranteed funding ($18, 000 per year). The funding package may be comprised of Queen's Graduate Awards, Teaching Assistantships, named internal Fellowships. Students are urged to seek outside funding and students with at least an 80% overall average must apply for available fellowships (e.g., Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Doctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) in order to qualify for Queen's funding after their first year. Several Bader Fellowships (up to $30,000) for doctoral research in Europe may be awarded annually to students who have completed course work and language requirements, successfully completed their two field essays, and had Thesis Proposals approved.

All eligible applicants should apply for external funding SSHRCC or OGS.






















Johanna Amos, Ph.D. candidate, carrying out research for a year in Europe on Jane Morris, with Morris embroideries and a dress that may have been worn by Morris, funded by SSHRC and a Queen's Bader Doctoral Award

Supervision of the Graduate Student's Program:

Students planning to apply should contact a potential supervisor or the Graduate Coordinator. For detailed information see the graduate calendar.

Year 1 and Year 2: Successful completion of 3 term courses two field essays (a detailed description of the field essay requirements are available in the Graduate Handbook), and ARTH908 (Ph.D. Thesis Proposal.

Year 3 and Year 4: Thesis research and writing.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000