Admission to the MA Program

The Department of Fine Arts offers a comprehensive graduate curriculum leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Fine Arts, with concentrations in Studio Art, Art History, and Critical & Curatorial Studies.

General Admission Information

Admission application deadlines:

  • January 15 for fall semester;  extended to March 1, 2017

Application Requirements

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission to the program. The Art History MA Program specifically recommends a minimum score of 156 on the verbal portion of the GRE.
  • All MA programs in the Department of Fine Arts require a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • International students must meet all criteria, including the TOEFL examination, set forth in the University’s Graduate Catalog.

Supplemental Application Materials

In addition to the credentials required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, the department requires students applying to the Art History and Critical & Curatorial Studies Programs to provide a statement of purpose (approximately 500 typed words), and a writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper).

Students applying to the Studio Art Program must submit:

  • samples of a coherent body of work (in CD format),
  • 500-word typed artist’s statement relevant to the submitted artwork, and
  • a typed statement detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals.

Applicants to all programs must provide two current, substantive letters of recommendation specific to the program (appended to the SIGS recommendation forms) in which the applicant’s academic and/or artistic achievements and promise are discussed. Candidates normally enter the Master’s Program with the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in Studio Art, Art History, or a related field.


MA Studio Art Concentration

Admission Requirements and Procedures
1. Applicants to this program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. To meet the Graduate School requirements a student must:

 

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Have, in most cases, completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in the intended field of study.
    • Submit a formal application, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation specific to the program, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.

 

 

2. Applicants to the Master of Arts with a concentration in Studio Art must meet the following additional requirements: A bachelor's degree with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Submit the following materials as part of the application:

    • A completed Master of Arts Application form (available from the Department).
    • Samples of a coherent body of work represented in 15 - 20 images on CD accompanied by a typed slide list with artist's name, title of work, size, medium and year.
    • An artist’s statement relevant to the submitted artwork of no more than 500 typed words.A statement of no more than 500 typed words detailing the applicant's educational and professional goals in the field of Fine Arts.

 

 

3. All application materials required by the Department for the Studio Art Track must be submitted to the Studio Art Graduate Program Secretary, no later than January 15 for fall semester admission. All requests for scholarship aid must be submitted by January 15.


MA Art History Concentration

Admission Requirements and Procedures

1. Applicants to this program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. To meet the Graduate School requirements a student must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Have, in most cases, completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in the intended field of study.
    • Submit a formal application, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation specific to the program, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.

 

 

2. Applicants to the Master of Arts with a concentration in Art History must meet the following additional requirements: A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Submit the following materials as part of the application:

    • A completed Master of Arts Application form (available from the Department).
    • A statement of about 500 typed words detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals in Art History.
    • A writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper).

 

 

3. All application materials required by the Department for the Art History Track must be submitted to the Art History Graduate Program Secretary, no later than January 15 for fall semester admission. All requests for scholarship aid must be submitted by January 15.


MA Critical & Curatorial Studies Concentration

Admission Requirements & Procedures

1. Applicants to this program must fulfill the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. To meet the Graduate School requirements a student must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Have, in most cases, completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in the intended field of study.
    • Submit a formal application, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation specific to the program, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.

 

 

2. Applicants to the Master of Arts with a concentration in Critical & Curatorial Studies must meet the following additional requirements: A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Submit the following materials as part of the application:

    • A completed Master of Arts Application form (available from the Department).
    • A statement of about 500 typed words detailing the applicant’s educational and professional goals in the field of Fine Arts.
    • A writing sample (normally an advanced-level Art History paper)

 

 

3. All application materials required by the Department for the Critical & Curatorial Studies Track must be submitted to the Critical & Curatorial Studies Graduate Program Secretary, no later than January 15 for fall semester admission. All requests for scholarship aid must be submitted by January 15  - extended to March 1, 2017.

 

Email the Department for a copy of the Master of Arts Application form.

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