Christie's Education, New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions

Christie’s Education, New York is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education in their capacity as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Christie’s Education, New York has been designated as a degree-granting institution by the New York State Board of Regents and our graduate and certificate programs are registered with the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Avenue, 9th Floor, Albany, New York 12234, Ph: (518)-474-1551.

The NYSED Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) number for our programs is as follows:

  • Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Markets: 1099
  • Master of Arts in Art, Law and Business: 1099
  • Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art in New York: 5610
  • Certificate in Art Business: 5099

Visit our Accreditation section to find out more information on our accredited institution.

Christie's Education welcomes prospective students to visit us throughout the year.

We hold Open Houses and public events throughout the year in New York. Visit our Meet with Us section to view the full calendar of upcoming recruitment events and how to book your attendance.

To arrange a personal visit at another time, please email to arrange a visit in New York. Prospects are welcome to sit in on classes, tour the space and meet with a member of the admissions team.


Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent international degree
  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts, diplomas or academic records must be official documents issued by the college or university and provided in the original language. Transcripts in other languages must be accompanied by English translations certified by official translation professionals or agencies
  • Applicants who attended university outside of the U.S. must submit an equivalency report from World Education Services,
  • Essay statement, 2–3 pages on why you are interested in the program
  • Sample of writing, no more than 10 pages, which can be taken from undergraduate work or written specifically for the application
  • Official GRE score report (optional) ETS Code 9394
  • Official TOEFL scores report if applicable ETS Code 9394
  • Three letters of academic or professional recommendation from writers who know the applicant’s abilities well. Letters should be sent in hard copy on letterhead with original signatures
  • Resume
  • Personal interview (by invitation only). Invitations will be sent once all application materials have been submitted

The Admissions Committee reviews complete applications only, and invites selected candidates for an interview that is mandatory for admission to an M.A program. These interviews are by invitation only. Successful candidates will receive an acceptance letter and be required to secure their place in a program by paying a tuition deposit within a pre-determined time.

All admissions materials except the application form must be submitted in hard copy to

Christie's Education New York
Admissions Office
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10020

Additional questions about application requirements can be directed to

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will open mid-October. There is a priority deadline of January 17, 2020 and we recommend that any applicant who has applied to other schools or who is applying for scholarships apply by this date. We will continue to accept applications after this date until the program is full, though please note that scholarship decisions are made at the time of admission and therefore scholarships may not be available later in the admissions calendar.
If an applicant is selected for an interview, decisions are typically delivered within 10 days of his or her interview date. The first decisions are usually announced in February and decisions continue through the spring.
M.A. applicants who are native speakers of a foreign language and/or who did not attend an English-speaking institution must submit TOEFL scores with their application. A score of 100 out of 120 is preferred. IELTS is not accepted.
Yes, all students whose first language is not English will need to provide us with a TOEFL result. The exception to this is if you have completed a degree at an English-speaking institution. For more information please contact our admissions office at
Proficiency in a foreign language is necessary for graduation from the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market and is established by meeting one of these conditions:

1) The applicant is a native speaker of a language other than English.

2) The applicant received a grade of B or better in two consecutive academic years of study in the designated language, at a U.S. college or university, within the last 5 years.

3) The applicant successfully passes a translation exam in a foreign language to be given once in the fall term and once in the winter term.

4) Takes a class at a designated institution approved by the Academic Director and passes with a B or better. This is not required for the M.A. in Art, Law and Business.

Writing samples should be no more than 10 pages. Samples can be a previous submission of written work or an undergraduate program, or written specifically for the application. There is no preferred topic however research papers are preferred.
References can be academic or professional, or a combination of both. You should ask people familiar with your educational or professional background and abilities. Personal references will not be accepted.
Components of applications can be sent separately as they are completed. However we will not make any decisions about admitting a student until all application materials are received.
Please contact the Admissions team at
Yes, but you must apply separately to each program. This means two separate application forms, two sets of fees, two essay submissions etc. Applications for each program will be reviewed and decisions made with no consideration for the other application.
You are welcome to apply to programs at both locations however applications and supporting documents must be submitted separately for each program at each location for which you apply. Admission decisions will not be shared or taken into consideration in the admissions decisions across campuses.
Yes, you may select that option on the enrollment form and a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is needed to secure your place for the following year. However, you cannot transfer your deferred acceptance to another program. If you wish to change to a program at a different Christie’s Education location or change to a different program at the same location, you will have to re-apply and re-interview for that location and program.
No, all admissions decisions are final.
Please e-mail to request verification letters.
Christie’s Education, New York is designated a Title IV institution by the United States Department of Education. Full-time M.A. students who are US citizens or permanent residents in the United States and enrolled in the M.A. programs are eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans. Please contact with questions pertaining to student loans and eligibility or visit our Financial Aid page.
Christie's Education, New York offers scholarships for M.A. students ­­— The Christie’s Education Trust Scholarship, the Christie’s Education Faculty Scholarship and the Christie's Education Reginald Browne Joint Scholarship . Please visit our Scholarships and Financial Aid section for more information.
Yes, all applicants are welcome to apply to all scholarships.
Full-time students enrolled in either Master of Arts Program are eligible to apply for F-1 student visas and questions about this should be directed to
It is possible to transfer your visa to Christie’s Education once you enroll in one of the Master of Arts programs. Please contact
No, Christie's Education does not have its own accommodation. However, we provide a list of housing options which is sent out to all accepted students with their acceptance letter. Upon your request, you can be added to a listserv with other incoming students looking for roommates and housing.
We provide a list of housing options which is sent out to all accepted students with their acceptance letter. Upon your request, you can be added to a listserv with other incoming students looking for roommates and housing. Finally, Christie’s Education staff is happy to assist if you have questions about particular neighborhoods and transportation.

All policies can be found in our Polices and Information section.

Yes, information on our code of conduct can be found in the Consumer Information section.
Yes, information on our Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found in our Policies and Information section.
No, the Master's programs are set up as fully integrated curriculums, meaning that all students start and end at the same time and all take the same pre-determined set of classes. Due to this class structure students must enroll in either the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market or the Master of Arts in Art, Law and Business. Full-time students are allowed to register for short courses or online courses, if they choose, however those will not bear credit towards a student's degree.
A part-time option is not available for the M.A. in Art, Law and Business. A limited number of students may take the M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market on a part-time basis each year with permission of the Academic Director. However, evenings and weekends are not possible — classes must still be taken during the day.
Please visit the individual program page for course content:

M.A. Art, Law and Business

M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market

Weekly schedules vary by program and term. For scheduling questions and sample schedules please contact Christie’s Education at

Yes, Christie’s Education, New York has its own library. It is a small library which provides the core course texts specializing in art history, the art market, art business and art law. The Christie’s Education Library consists of approximately 5,000 books and exhibition catalogues, sale catalogues, journals, e-resources and DVDs. Our library is an excellent resource that we are pleased to be able to offer to our students. The Librarian is available to assist with reference queries during the open hours of the library.  Christie’s Education students will also have orientations at the Thomas Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, the New York Public Library and the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art.

Yes, the majority of the library collections are catalogued online can be found in the CEDU online library catalogue. 
Students at Christie’s Education have access to a broad range of electronic resources. Through our affiliation with the auction house we have privileged access to Christie’s in-house sales database Lotfinder. In addition, Christie's Education has electronic resources including Artfact, artnet, AskArt, SCIPIO, JSTOR, Artists Signatures, EBSCO Articles (which includes the Art Source, Art Full Text and Art Retrospective databases.) and Oxford, Grove and Benezit Online.
M.A. and Certificate students may borrow up to 2 books at a time from the Christie’s Education Library during term-time and 5 books at a time over the summer if doing thesis research. Short course and alumni users cannot borrow books; they have access to the library on a reference only basis.
Yes. Alumni of Christie’s Education full-time courses still have access to the library but on a reference only basis (i.e. borrowing of the books is no longer available to ensure that they remain available as a priority for our current students). This can be particularly helpful for figuring out your next career move or study step. You can use the IT resources to apply for jobs or internships and the book stock to prepare for interviews.
Two Canon color printer/copiers/scanners are available. Students will receive a limited number of free copies and prints each term and will be charged for anything above that. There are also professional copy shops nearby that students can use.
The Learning Resources Manager, is available to assist with reference queries during the open hours of the library. 
Yes, please contact the Learning Resources Manager, at

Christie’s Education employs a Career Services Officer, to work closely with the M.A. students throughout the program on professional development and career preparation. Students will have the opportunity to network with alumni and friends of the programs throughout the year, as well as participate in professional development workshops. The workshops include such topics as cover letter and resume writing, public speaking, networking, and interview techniques.In addition, every student enrolled in a Master’s program is required to participate in a 45-day internship. Job listings are sent out weekly during the term students are interning and 75% of students have jobs within 6 months of graduation. If you have further questions about employment after the program please contact

Please note that graduation from Christie's Education programs does not guarantee job placement in any way. Career counseling is available for Christie's Education, New York graduates.

Our global alumni hold a variety of positions in the art world. Some of our alumni are employed at Christie’s, while others have pursued careers with museums, galleries, corporate collections, art insurance agencies, art websites and art publications. Data shows that 75% of students have jobs within 6 months of graduation and many often come back to speak to current students about their experiences. Please visit your specific program page for more information on alumni outcomes or contact

Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The information provided on our Gainful Employment section is the best currently available to us for the most recent school year.
We offer a wide range of short courses in London, New York, Hong Kong and Online. To find out what our current and upcoming short courses are available please visit the Continuing Education section.
Short courses do not require an application. To reserve your place, you must fill out a registration form and pay the full course fee - both available online through each individual course page.
There are a number of payment options available to you. The most popular is payment online via Paypal. The link is attached to the individual short course page. You may also pay by check, or make a payment over the telephone by contacting the office number below and provide your credit/debit card details. If you would like to pay by bank transfer, please contact our office and we can email the details over to you. Telephone calls and e-mails can be directed to +1 212 938 0723 and
The number of participants vary depending on the course however many of the courses fill up quickly. We recommend you register for our short courses early to secure your place.
Christie's Education does not normally provide a certificate at the end of your course unless you have enrolled and completed one of our full certificate courses. In other instances, we can provide you with a letter of attendance.
Unless otherwise noted, all short courses will take place at Christie’s Education, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, on the 20th Floor. Most of our courses include a combination of lectures and field studies to galleries, museums and current exhibitions around New York City. The Continuing Education Coordinator will be in touch before the course with an itinerary and more information. 
All students will be provided with the required information for the short courses. We recommend you bring a pen and paper to take notes for the lecture part of the course.
Due to the cyclic structure of the certificate courses, if you miss a module during one cycle, you can pick it up in the following sequence of modules. Please contact the short course coordinator at the campus you wish to study at to find out more information. T: +1 212 938 0723 |
The Library at Christie’s Education is open to short course students to use for reference only.