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Master of Arts in Art (Art Education & Community Art concentrations)

This 32-hour program blends online courses with intensive studio experience for one week each summer on the EIU Charleston campus. There are two program options: Art Education and Community Arts. Both may be completed in two years and neither leads to teacher licensure.

Delivery Method

This hybridized program combines online learning during the academic year with an immersive eight-day summer studio per summer. Teachers and professionals may choose to complete their degrees over a six-semester sequence or enroll in courses as their other professional commitments allow.


The Art Education and Art History courses are offered online. The eight-day Art Studio course rotation is offered on campus at Eastern Illinois University in mid July.

Admission Requirements

  • Official application to The Graduate School. http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/aboutadmissions.php

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0;

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 for international students.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • Art Education Option requires at least two years of teaching experience in art education.

  • Community Arts Option requires a BFA, BA, BS, or a minor in a Visual Arts degree program, Art History, Museum Studies, or 18 hours of art courses.

Transfer Policy

11 semester graduate credits accepted in transfer if appropriate to the degree program.

Special Characteristics

Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), North Central Association (NCA).

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