The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU
To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Please note: Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the Graduate School requirements does not ensure admission into either the Online Art Education or Community Arts MA program options. Applications are accepted any time.
Apply to the Graduate School
All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:
- A complete online application
- A copy of your official transcripts
- A $30 application fee
Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.
Apply to the Program
32 semester hours without thesis.
Art Education Coursework Online
9 semester hours of required Art Education coursework:
11-12 semester hours of Art Education coursework selected from the following:
- ART 5500 – Foundations of Art Education. Credits: 3
- ART 5800 - Research Methods in Art Education. Credits: 3
- ART 5970 - Individualized Study in Art Education. Credits: 3
Art History Coursework Online
6 semester hours of art history coursework selected from the following:
- ART 5510 - Curriculum Design & Assessment in Art Education. Credits: 3
- ART 5506 – Artistic Development: Contemporary Perspectives on Artistic Learning from Birth through Adulthood Credits: 3
- ART 5989 – Media & Methods: Credit: 1 (May be repeated once)
- ART 5515 – Art, Culture, & Community: Alternative Sites for Art Education Credits: 3
- ART 5520 – Creative Technology in Art Education Credits: 3
Studio Coursework on Campus
- ART 5785 – Navigating the Virtual Museum Credits: 3
- ART 5786 – Special Topics in Art History Credits: 3
- 6 semester hours of art studio coursework
Apply for an Assistantship
If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.
Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.
Frequently asked questions
Is the GRE or MAT required? No.
Is a thesis required? No.
How long will it take to complete the degree requirements? The timing depends on the student's flexibility and availability. Program planning is in consultation with and approval of the assigned academic advisor. The program may potentially be completed in two calendar years consisting of summer, fall, and spring.