The program enrolls 5–7 graduate students each year, and all successful applicants receive full tuition remission, and a stipend for five years. About twenty faculty members participate in the program each year, including the Visual and Cultural Studies Steering Committee, which guides the program.

NOTE: The program normally accepts applications for full-time study only. If you are interested in part-time study, please contact the VCS program director before applying.

The deadline for applications is January 5 for the following September. Offers of admission are sent to applicants by mid-March. There is a $60 application fee.

Along with the online application, students must submit:

  • A statement of purpose (1–3 pages, single-spaced)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A 15–20-page writing sample (for example: seminar paper, thesis chapter, published article)
  • GRE scores (optional)

International students must also supply TOEFL, TOEFL iBT at Home, IELTS, or Duoligo scores.