Contact Info

          School of Graduate Studies
          140 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2856
          Toll Free: (888) 845-2890
          Fax: (814) 732-2611

          Charles Johnson 
          Graduate Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-2297


          Edinboro University’s Master of Arts in Art program is designed to further develop artistic competencies for the post-baccalaureate student. Students may choose a studio concentration in ceramics, jewelry/metals, painting, printmaking or sculpture.

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          “The MA in Studio Art is a 30-credit program that enables post-baccalaureate students to remain current in their field and strengthen their portfolio for admission into a terminal studio degree program. K-12 Art teachers typically attend part-time while teaching, enriching their studio art practice and professional credentials. MA students select a studio concentration while exploring additional topics through studio and academic electives. Our MA graduates include many successful K-12 teachers throughout the region.”

          – Terry McKelvey, Professor

          Studio Art Concentration 

          The Master of Arts degree is designed to further develop the artistic competencies for the post-baccalaureate student. Students achieve a depth of study by enrolling in at least 12 credits in a specific discipline over the course of the degree. Many M.A. degree students are public school teachers and/or artists seeking to remain current in their field.

          Please feel free to contact us to schedule a visit, meet with current students, tour campus, attend an open house and/or answer any questions you may have.

          Admission Requirements

          1. Complete the online application.
          2. Pay an application fee of $30.
          3. Provide an official transcript from each college or university at which undergraduate or graduate credit has been earned. Note: If you have not yet graduated, file a partial transcript at the time the application is completed and file a complete transcript as soon as the degree is awarded. Transcripts must be received directly from the issuing school and will not be accepted if “issued to student.”

          Individuals seeking admission as degree students in this program must comply with the following specific admission requirements for this program:

          1. Submit a letter of intent (please indicate the main medium of interest; Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking or Sculpture).
          2. Three letters of reference. These should include at least two faculty members the applicant had as instructors for undergraduate or graduate art courses.
          3. Submit the required portfolio of 10 images of recent studio work using the Edinboro SlideRoom account found at Include title, media, size, and date of each image. These must be submitted on or before the application deadline.
          4. A personal interview, if notified by the department.

          Must have completed by October 15 and February 1 all of the steps necessary for admission, except the personal interview.

          NOTE: This program has a limited enrollment. Therefore, there is no guarantee that individuals who meet the admissions requirements will be accepted into this program.

          Degree Requirements

          Individuals must comply with the degree requirements of master’s degrees listed under Academic Standards and Policies in the Graduate catalog. In addition to these requirements, the individual must meet the following requirements:

          1. Earn a grade of “B” or better for the course ART 735 Final Exhibit (3 credits).
          2. Satisfactorily complete a one-person show, the site and duration of which have been pre-approved by the student’s graduate committee.
          3. Satisfactorily complete an oral examination based on the exhibition.
          4. Submit a written artist’s statement concerning the work in ART 735 to be displayed during the exhibition.
          5. Submit a CD with one quality image of each piece documenting the final exhibition and the written artist’s statement submitted to the student’s advisor prior to awarding the degree. 

          Special Student Provisions:
          The MA degree in Art is designed for full-time as well as part-time students. Therefore, students enrolled as graduate special students at Edinboro University shall be eligible to transfer no more than nine semester hours of credit into the MA program with the approval of their advisor, the program head, and the graduate dean.

          See our Fact Sheet for more details.