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School of Visual Art and Design

    M.A. in Art Education

    Overview

    The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Art Education is a two-year program in art education theory and practice. Completing an M.A. degree prepares students for academic research, teaching, or further study in doctoral programs. This program has a thesis and non-thesis track. Before graduating from the program, students must successfully pass a comprehensive exam in art education. The MA degree in art education may be completed with a thesis or without a thesis.

     The non-thesis option requires passing a written comprehensive exam and a minimum of 33 hours of graduate coursework:

    • Minimum 12 hours of graduate courses in art education
    • Minimum 9 hours of graduate professional education courses
    • Minimum 9 hours of graduate courses in studio art and/or art history
    • One 3-4 hour elective course at the graduate level (as approved)
    • The above must total a minimum of 33 hours

     The thesis option requires passing a written comprehensive exam, a thesis defense, and a minimum of 33 hours of graduate coursework:

    • Minimum 12 hours of graduate-level art education courses
    • Minimum 12 hours of graduate-level electives in education, studio art, art history, or other relevant discipline (as approved)
    • Minimum 9 hours of thesis coursework (ARTE 799: Thesis Preparation)
    • The above must total a minimum of 33 hours

    Admissions Guidelines

    Deadlines

    Fall Application Deadline: March 1
    Spring Application Deadline: October 1

    Application Documents
    • Graduate School application
    • Official Transcripts
    • Official GRE or MAT Score
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation (at least one from a professor)
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
    • Teaching Certificate
    • Portfolio:  Please upload a digital portfolio of 20 images of recent work and an identifying list of works, as a single .pdf document
    • For international applicants whose native language is not English: submission of a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam; or Pearson Test of English (Academic). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 80 (computer-based) or 550 (paper-based); the minimum acceptable overall band score on the IELTS Intl. Academic Course Type 2 exam is 6.5; and the minimum Pearson Score is 59.

    Note: Successful applicants to the graduate programs in Art Education typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale and acceptable scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (35 and above) or the GRE (a combined minimum of 292). These numbers are provided as guidelines; meeting the minimum GPA and test scores does not guarantee admission. All parts of an application are carefully considered in admissions decisions.


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