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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Master of Arts in Art

The Department of Art offers a graduate degree program that leads to the Master of Arts in Art, a degree that requires 30 credits emphasizing specialized involvement in the student's chosen studio area – ceramics, drawing, graphic design, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The degree requirements include a thesis and courses in research, art history, the specialization area, and a related area outside of the Department of Art. Most students focus on the research and development of creative work that culminates in a public exhibition or presentation as an alternative to the traditional written thesis (also an option). The graduate advisor and committee will assist in establishing the presentation form and appropriate supporting documentation.

MA in Art Application Process

There are two steps in the application process:

Step 1. Applicants must complete the College of Graduate Studies and Research application process. All information and application deadlines can be found here:

Step 2. Applicants must submit the following art/design specific materials to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Art
136 Nelson Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001

  • A cover letter clearly stating applicant’s goals or purpose for graduate study
  • An electronic portfolio (jump drive or online) of representative creative work (10–20 examples)
  • A statement of artistic philosophy
  • Names and contact info for two professional references. Note: References will be contacted by Admissions and asked to answer brief questions in an online form.

Please note that priority will be given to applicants who complete the application process by March 15.

For those who already have an art degree and wish to earn K-12 teaching credentials, the College of Education offers programs leading to licensure. Most of these students choose to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), a degree that requires at least 30 credits of education and art education courses.

Graduate Assistantships
There are a limited number of graduate and/or teaching assistantships available each year. Recipients may teach a beginning design course or be assigned duties in service to other department activities in the Conkling Gallery, slide library, or studio facilities.