Master of Arts in Art

The Master of Arts curriculum consists of at least 36 credit hours of graduate study as follows:

Required Courses Credit Hours
    Studio  18 
    Art History 
Electives outside area of emphasis
Master's Thesis Project 
Total Required Hours for degree 36

The maximum number of credit hours that a student can take at the 6000 level is 15 hours.  Studio work must include a minimum of three credit hours with at least three different faculty professors.  Elective hours, with the approval of the graduate advisor, may be met with courses from within or outside of the art program.

Formal reviews are required of all M.A. students at the end of the second and fourth semesters or at the completion of 18 and 36 credit hours. The student is required to present a body of work and an artist’s statement to discuss with their thesis committee. If the student does not pass the formal review, a probationary review will take place at the end of the next semester. Failure to pass any probationary review will result in dismissal from the program.

The Master’s Thesis
The student will select a graduate professor to be director of the master’s thesis and chair of the thesis committee. The master’s thesis is defined by the student in consultation with the major professor and consists of a body of creative works in an identified area of emphasis and a written component discussing the works. The format for the submission of the thesis work consists of professional documentation in 35mm slides, prints, or CD/DVD-ROM and a written master’s statement. The evaluation committee consists of three professors – two from studio art, and one from a discipline outside of the studio art area. The committee will conduct an oral examination, at which time the student will defend and discuss the work presented. The written component and images must be submitted to the Graduate School and follow the thesis preparation guidelines.

Students must have a B.A., B.F.A., or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant’s transcript must be equivalent to the curriculum requirements of the art program and any undergraduate deficiencies must be removed. A representative portfolio in 35mm slides, prints, or CD/DVD-ROM, an artist’s statement, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent must be approved by the Graduate Art Faculty and will remain on file in the graduate advisor’s office.

General Requirements
The time limitation for completion of the M.A. degree is six years. Transfer credit of up to six credit hours is allowed for the M.A. degree, at the discretion of the art program’s graduate faculty.