Taught course

Art Business (Hybrid) - New York

Sotheby's Institute of Art · Art Business

Entry requirements

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.
  • 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: wes.org
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The art world is closer than ever before. Tailored to our global audience, the MA Art Business (Hybrid) degree combines the academic rigor of our pioneering Art Business program with the flexibility of a partly remote delivery.
The MA Art Business (Hybrid) provides a vocational bridge for professionals and scholars to enter into this vast and complex commercial art world. Students have the option of undertaking one semester online and one semester in-person. Completing the same in-depth course of study as the full residency Art Business program, the hybrid delivery examines the business transactions that are the lifeblood of the system, moving art from the studio to the gallery, the auction room, the collector’s home, and the museum. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications, this program equips graduates with the skills and knowledge in art markets and business management, entrepreneurship, connoisseurship, and collecting.
Academic Structure
The MA Art Business (Hybrid) is designed for flexibility in gaining the expertise and credentials of a Sotheby’s Institute degree through a combination of a remote semester, an on-site semester, and an independent capstone project. Through the hybrid option, students will have access to the same faculty, academics, resources, and network and will receive the same specialized and in-depth course of study offered in the full-residency MA in Art Business program.
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. In the hybrid program, the first semester in the fall will be taught entirely remotely, through a combination of asynchronous lectures with live sessions featuring guest speakers and skill based activities and can be undertaken from any location. Students will also have the option to convene in person for one week of field study in the fall. The second semester in the spring takes place fully in New York City from January to May, with a curriculum of required courses plus an elective. The spring semester will also include a week of field study travel. If needed, students enrolled in the MA in Art Business (Hybrid) program can defer one field study experience to the third semester and still graduate on time with their cohort.
The MA in Art Business (Hybrid) culminates in a capstone project which can take the form of a traditional, long-form academic thesis, or a more flexible Master’s Project (often a business plan or curatorial project) in consultation with a faculty advisor. The capstone project is to be completed independently from any location in the world between June and December of the third semester.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

New York Admissions
+1 646 438 7234