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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Tsinghua University:

    • 348,000 CNY

    Sotheby’s Institute of Art:

    • Semester 3 $13,500

    • Field Study Fall 2020

    • Field Study Spring 2021 $700

  • Field Study

    Field Study

    First-hand encounters with art works, exhibition spaces, and the people who run them are an integral part of the learning experience and key to this program. New York is a major center for art collections and art institutions alike, and faculty-led visits to museums and galleries are fundamental to the framework of the Institute. As the host to The Armory Show, Frieze, the Winter Antiques Show, and The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)-NY, New York City provides many opportunities for students to meet gallerists and experts from around the world.
    The program also includes two field study courses during which students will immerse themselves in the local art community. The culmination of the field study course contextualizes art market, art historical and art object information through daily visits to fairs, galleries, private collections, museums, artist studios, and more. Students are expected to be active participants and to discuss ideas with local art world professionals. Trip locations vary per year to include timely and relevant exhibitions, fairs, and art world events. Past trips have included Art Basel Miami Beach, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, Beijing, and the Venice Biennial.
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    All applicants wishing to transfer credits from Tsinghua University to the Sotheby's Institute MA in Art Business must apply online to Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY prior to starting course work in Beijing. Download the application.
    All MA applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Students in their final undergraduate year may apply for admission and will be required to provide proof of graduation prior to registration.
    Required Application Documents

    • Academic transcripts/mark sheets from all undergraduate and post-secondary academic institutions*

    • Two letters of reference

    • Personal statement

    • Writing sample

    • CV or Resume

    • English language proficiency exam scores (IELTS level 7.0: TOEFL 100 IBT)
      Interview (in New York or online)

    • A non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD)

    *International transcripts must be accompanied by certified credential evaluations. The evaluation will convert the grades and GPA into the United States grading scale. For more information please visit World Education Services at
    For more application details click here.
    Students in the MA in Art Business program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York transfer credit agreement with Tsinghua University must have Mandarin language proficiency (fluent university-level reading, writing and speaking) in order to complete coursework at Tsinghua University.
    Deadlines & The Rolling Admissions Process 
    Sotheby’s Institute of Art operates a rolling admissions process, which means that applications are processed as soon as they are submitted. Therefore, it is advisable that applicants apply as early as possible to ensure places are still available. Traditionally, we receive the highest number of applications from March until June. Processing times during this period may be slower than the customary 3-4 weeks.

    • January 15: Candidates submitting their completed application prior to January 15, 2019 will receive an application fee waiver and priority with financial assistance grants.

    • March 1: Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance grants or scholarships should apply before March 1, 2019.

  • Contact


    Telephone: +1.646.438.7234
    Admissions Office
    Sotheby's Institute of Art
    570 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
    New York, NY 10022 USA