Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Art, M.A.

Application and Portfolio Deadlines

M.F.A. and M.A. in Art.

For Fall 2023 Semester: Application deadline is February 1, 2023

Applications received after the deadline, or applications that are incomplete as of the deadline, may not receive full consideration.

Degrees and Concentrations

The School of Art, Design and Art History offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in art with a concentration in studio art and the Master of Arts degree in art with concentrations in art education and studio art.


The mission for the Master of Arts program in art is to support artistic growth beyond the level of the baccalaureate. Although the goals for the M.A. reflect those of the M.F.A., the M.A. degree is viewed as an option for studio study, which does not result in a terminal degree in the visual arts.


  • To develop and improve artistic skills in two- and three-dimensional art.
  • To promote the candidate’s ability to develop ways of individual inquiry.

Application Requirements

In addition to the requirements of The Graduate School, applicants must meet additional qualifications established by the School of Art, Design and Art History.

Candidates must meet the same admission requirements as candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree. The Master of Arts degree in art requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Program Requirements

The program of study includes 15 hours of studio in the applicant’s area of interest, six hours of art history including ARTH 572 , three hours of contemporary art theory and six hours of elective credit. Near the end of the program of study, the candidate must produce an exhibition of his/her graduate artwork, a digital portfolio of the exhibition (to be retained by the university) and a written statement clarifying the student’s work, its development and its cultural and historical references. An oral comprehensive examination, generally in conjunction with the exhibition and closely related to the written statement, will also be held.

A program of study for the Master of Arts degree must be approved by the student’s adviser and art school director before final acceptance. Up to nine hours of graduate transfer credit may be accepted toward the Master of Arts degree and must meet the same criteria as those accepted for the Master of Fine Arts degree. No more than six hours of transfer credit will be accepted in the candidate’s area of interest.

Master of Arts in Art Requirements

Studio Art Concentration

Studio Art Concentration Total: 30 Credit Hours

Art Education Concentration

  • Art Education Credits: 9.00
  • Art History Credits: 3.00
  • Art Criticism Credits: 3.00
  • Thesis Credits: 6.00
  • Education/Art Education electives Credits: 9.00

Art Education Concentration Total: 30 Credit Hours

Art Courses

Art Theory and Criticism Courses

Directed Study Courses