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Special Application Requirements/Information

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio (slides, CD, video, or original works), examples of scholarly writing (papers, thesis, publications), and the Art and Art Education Application Supplement directly to the Office of Admission. Art & Art Education Application Supplement is available here. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in studio art, art education, art history or criticism, art or museum education, or present other evidence of competence.

For the M.A. degrees, a personal interview with a faculty advisor is advised. For the Ed.D. and the Ed.D.C.T. degrees, an interview with the Program Coordinator is required.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to submit either a 100 internet-based/600 paper-based/250 computer-based TOEFL score or a score of 10 on the Columbia University English Language certification test. An in-person writing sample may also be requested.

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The 34-point M.A. degree is specially designed for individuals seeking in-service opportunities, who wish to complete a special project, or who need the master’s degree to complete professional certification. However, the student should seek professional certification with the State board as this degree program is not meant to directly lead the student through the certification process.

The 40-point M.A. degree leading toward New York State initial teacher certification is a State-approved program for those wishing to teach art in grades K-12 in public schools. This program enrolls in the fall only.

The 60-point Ed.M. degree is designed for individuals seeking the highest level of professional achievement within the arts in education. The degree is also designed for students contemplating future doctoral study. Applicants are required to have a minimum of three years of experience as an educator or practicing professional in the arts; 30 points of prior graduate study may be transferred provided they meet the requirements for the degree. Within the Ed.M degree students may craft specializations in: Museum Education, Leadership in Arts Education and Research. Applicants for these options must have professional experiences in the field.

The 90-point Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T. degrees are designed for individuals interested in serious research and who wish to contribute new scholarship and practice to the field. Applicants are required to have five years of professional experience in arts/museum/ studio education. For both degrees, applicants are accepted to the Program following faculty review of their artistic, professional and scholarly materials. In some instances, applicants may be requested to complete prerequisites as a condition of entry to the program. Similarly, applicants may be requested to complete the Ed.M. degree prior to consideration for acceptance to the Ed.D.

The 90-point Ed.D. in Art and Art Education is designed for those wishing to teach art education at the college/university level, become arts supervisors in school systems, education curators in museums, administrators in arts agencies or enter other arts education leadership positions. Applicants for this degree are expected
to exhibit strong writing skills.

The 90-point Ed.D.C.T. is designed for those wishing to teach studio art, history, or criticism in higher education: Art school, college or university. Applicants for this degree program will be expected to have an established, critically reviewed, exhibition record either nationally or internationally.