Master of Arts in Art Education Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the program are expected to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in their work in art, education, and related subjects. The following items are required for evaluation by the School of Art Graduate Admissions Committee:
  • University Graduate Application
  • Application Fee of $65 (payable online)
  • Unofficial transcripts that indicate at least a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 in relevant course work. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only unofficial transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements:
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be people familiar with your academic and professional abilities. The recommenders you list in your online application will receive information via email about submitting their recommendation letter online. Ask your recommenders to provide the following information:

- who they are

- their relationship to you

- why they think you will succeed in the Graduate Art Education Program at the  University of Cincinnati

  • A current resume
  • Statement of Intent. Include a statement (up to 500 words) describing the long-term goal to be met by graduate study.  Include the following:

- a general introduction to your goals for graduate study

- introduction to the work in the portfolio

- discussion of previous art education experiences

- explanation of how you would like to creatively develop in graduate school

- your professional and educational interests (e.g., arts-based research, teaching, galleries, leadership, community arts)

- whether you are interested in teaching while in graduate school 

*Applicants interested in receiving University Graduate Scholarships (UGS) and Graduate Assistantships (GA) for their first year in the Master of Arts in Visual Arts Education program must also submit a letter that describes the applicant’s qualifications and interest in available GA positions.

  • Portfolio in a single PDF file:

- Twenty (20) images or a URL to your portfolio;

- Portfolio Image List. Include title of work, date of work, dimensions, and materials.

- Samples of writing. May include poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, plays, graphic novels; professional writing and other genres, including research reports, blogs, art criticism.

  • Proof of English Proficiency (International Students only-see Graduate Handbook (


Admissions Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for scholarship and assistantship funding your application must be received by March 1. 

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