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Now accepting applications for January 2023 and September 2023 entry. 

Admissions Application Deadlines Eligibility Required Documentation Tuition & Fees Scholarships After You Apply Term Dates Visas Questions

Application Deadlines

January 2023 Entry (MA Art Business and MA Art Business (Hybrid) only)
  • Priority Decision: September 17, 2022
  • Regular Decision: November 21, 2022

September 2023 Entry (All programs)
  • Early Decision: December 5, 2022
  • Priority Decision: March 1, 2023
  • Regular Decision: May 1, 2023

After the Regular Decision deadline, Sotheby’s Institute of Art reviews all completed applications on a rolling basis. Space is limited so we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Our Admissions team is available throughout the admissions process to offer support and answer any questions you may have.

Applicants who require visas are advised to apply through their appropriate consulate or other government agencies at least 12 weeks prior to the start of classes in order to ensure sufficient time for processing. Please refer to the term dates listed below. 

Additional Important Dates

  • If you are seeking a partial tuition scholarship, please submit your program application by the Priority Deadline. New applications received after this date will not be considered for scholarships.
  • If you are an international student who will need to secure a visa for the US, you are advised to submit your application by the Regular Decision Deadline.


To be eligible for admission, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution by the date on which they enroll at the Institute.

Applicants should demonstrate the following skills:

  • The ability to perform at a postgraduate level, as indicated by academic achievement and recommendations.
  • Knowledge of art history. Applicants without an art history background might receive conditional offers based on completing pre-requisite coursework.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and analytical skills. For international students, an IELTS score of level 7, TOEFL 100 IBT, or its equivalent is required.
  • Professional experience is not a required element of our application process, however relevant employment and/or internships enhance a student’s application.

Required Documentation

All prospective students must apply using the online application. A complete application includes:

  • Academic transcripts/mark sheets: from all undergraduate and post-secondary academic institutions attended. An official copy of the transcript, indicating that the degree has been awarded, must be sent directly from the student’s institution to Sotheby’s Institute in a sealed envelope.
    • Unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient for the application process and for issuing decisions. The documents must be in English. The admissions department will require an official transcript once you enroll in the program.
    • Official international transcripts must be accompanied by certified course by course credential evaluations. The evaluation will convert the grades and GPA into the United States grading scale. For more information, please visit the World Education Services website:
  • Two (2) letters of reference: References from an academic or professional contact. For those candidates with work experience, at least one reference should be professional. Candidates who graduated more than 2 years prior to applying may present two professional references if they are no longer in contact with the faculty at their undergraduate institution.
  • A personal statement (1,000 words maximum): Please tell us about yourself, your reasons for your choice of program, any relevant academic or art related experience, and your future career goals. The statement should clearly reference the Institute and the program which is being applied to. Generic personal statements will not be accepted, and candidates will be required to resubmit to progress the application.
  • A writing sample: A graded paper of no fewer than 1,000 words from an art history or art-related course or 1,000-word original essay or mock review written for an art publication or website. Footnotes are required for any citations.
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • An English language proficiency exam (required for non-native English speakers): A minimum score of IELTS level 7 or TOEFL 100 IBT will be considered. If your undergraduate coursework was conducted in English or if you have extensive English-speaking professional experience, it may be possible to waive the English language proficiency exam, upon review of your application. Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores expire two years after the test date.
  • Payment of the application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $100 (USD) is required for the 2020 online application. Applications are not considered complete until the fee has been paid.

GRE test scores are not required, but are accepted. The GRE code for Sotheby’s Institute of Art is 4161.

Problems with Certificates, English Language Tests, or Other Documents Related to Your Offer

  • Submitting your certificates or documents: Please do not post any certificates or documents to our Admissions Offices. If you need to submit your academic qualifications, as part of your offer conditions please email a copy of your official results to the Admissions team at Please note the Institute reserves the right to ensure that original academic credentials are verified at appropriate stages.
  • Delays obtaining university certificates or transcripts: If you are unable to obtain your university certificates/transcripts or examinations have been cancelled in your home country please let the relevant Admissions team know about this as soon as you can.
  • English Language Tests: If your offer includes an English Language condition please take note of the following: If you have already taken an IELTS English language proficiency test, the Admissions team can verify your results online. Please email your Test Report Form Number or a scanned copy of your certificate to the relevant Admissions team.

If you have further questions or concerns about meeting the English language requirements of your offer then email the Admissions team for specific guidance.

Tuition & Fees

A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 upon acceptance is required to secure your place on all programs. The deposit will be applied to your Semester 1 tuition. 


Semester 1: 15 credits
Semester 2: 15 credits
Semester 3: 6 credits


Tuition: $1,878 per credit
Travel Fee: Each field study trip typically ranges from $3,800 to $5,000 according to program, entry semester, and destination. Travel fees are indicative only and subject to change.
Materials Fee: $824
International Student Fee: $206

Sotheby's Institute of Art tuition and fees are updated annually based on the curriculum and field study destinations.

Capstone (thesis or project) may be undertaken remotely or while working. Students may also choose to do an optional 3rd semester of coursework + field study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York or London. Tuition and fees will vary by campus.

Credits: The Master’s degree is awarded for 30 taught credits across semesters one and two, as well as the completion of a 6-credit thesis or capstone project in the third semester. Course work is completed in semesters 1 and 2 for 30 credit hours, the minimum necessary for a Graduate Certificate. For students pursuing a Master’s degree, a thesis or capstone project is required and represents a total 36 credit hour requirement for the MA. This is undertaken in the third semester, either independently off-campus or alongside continued coursework on campus, which includes a third field study opportunity.

Field study is required of all students and is non-refundable. The travel fee covers all transportation, accommodations, and privileged access to venues and events.

The materials fee allows Sotheby’s Institute to operate as a fully-fledged and independent academic center including our library, full technology resources, student and academic advising, and career services.

The international students fee is required of students who are not United States citizens to ensure support for the unique needs of our international population.


The Institute permits deferrals over one academic year only. To secure the place in the following year, a second non-refundable “deferral fee” payment will be due to the Institute. Any scholarship awarded will not be transferred.  

We encourage applicants who intend to defer to wait and apply when the form for the intake they wish to join goes live. Deferrals are approved at the discretion of the Institute. 


Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers partial-tuition scholarships to qualified domestic and international candidates. The scholarship award acts as a partial fee waiver and is evenly divided and applied to semester one and two tuition. Scholarship awards are not guaranteed and award decisions are final. 

Spring 2023 Applicants  

The scholarship application form with be sent out with the offer documents if an offer to join the program is made. Merit will be based on program application materials submitted. Scholarship awards are not guaranteed and award decisions are final. The scholarship application includes: 

Scholarship Application Includes:

  • Domestic Students: Scholarship Form, FAFSA, Two consecutive years of IRS tax forms (additional documentation may be required including parents’ IRS tax forms)
  • International Students: Scholarship Form, Equivalent of proof of income (additional documentation may be required including parents’ financial information)

Fall 2023 Applicants 

Merit awards 

Applicants who have maintained an overall grade (or completed undergraduate study) with a 3.7 GPA (or equivalent) will be eligible for a partial-tuition merit-based award and will automatically be considered. Awards are not guaranteed, and the decision will be based on the program application materials submitted and faculty assessment. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made. 

Need-based awards 

Students seeking a partial-tuition scholarship based on financial need will be asked to submit the following evidence after submission of the application. Award decisions will be communicated at the point of an offer being made. The need-based scholarship application includes: 

  • Domestic Students: Scholarship Form, FAFSA, Two consecutive years of IRS tax forms (additional documentation may be required including parents’ IRS tax forms) 
  • International Students: Scholarship Form, Equivalent of proof of income (additional documentation may be required including parents’ financial information) 

Scholarship Deadlines:

You must have applied to the program before the following dates: 

  • January 2023 entry: September 17, 2022 
  • September 2023 entry: March 1, 2023 

Financial Aid Opportunities

SIA-NY participates in Title IV Financial Aid Program and commonly works with Sallie Mae.

After You Apply

Our admissions team will follow up with you within 10 working days about any outstanding documentation or required information. Applicants whose documentation is complete will receive notification if they will be offered an interview.

If you receive an offer, a non-refundable deposit of $3,500 is required within 14 days to secure your place.

Term Dates

January 2023 Entry 

Teaching begins on January 23, 2023 

September 2023 Entry 

Teaching begins on September 5, 2023 


Applicants who require visas are advised to apply through their appropriate consulate or other government agencies at least 12 weeks prior to the start of classes in order to ensure sufficient time for processing. Students who require visas will receive visa documentation after they confirm their intention to enroll by submitting their Enrollment Forms and deposits, but no earlier than three months prior to the start of classes. Please refer to the Information for International Students page for additional questions.


Some of your questions may be answered in the frequently asked questions section of our website. If you do not see your question, we are happy to help. All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office to schedule a one-on-one information session to learn more about the program, the application process, tuition, financial aid, and more.

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Please note: Materials should not be mailed to the Institute unless specifically requested by the Admissions Office. Transcripts and other supplemental application materials should be emailed to your Admissions team.