Master of Arts (Studio)

The mission of the M.A. program at Eastern Michigan University is to provide a stimulating environment for the post-undergraduate study of art and design.

The M.A. curriculum consists of studio courses and seminars designed to encourage experimentation and critical thinking. Students are instrumental in defining the focus and direction their creative work will take; faculty provide opportunities for growth and development within a particular area, while also encouraging cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and experiences. Through art history and seminar courses, M.A. students explore the diverse cultural influences on art, the role of the artist in society and the relationship between studio practices and art and design history. The M.A. degree in studio art culminates in a solo or two-person exhibition.

Graduate student artwork can be viewed in the artwork gallery on this site. 


An undergraduate degree with a major in art or approximately 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work in art through an accredited institution is required for admission, with a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in art classes. Students without undergraduate majors in art may be required to complete approximately 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work in art through consultation with the graduate coordinator before admission to the graduate program. Criteria considered in admissions process in order of importance; quality of art work as evidenced in slides, transcript, and statement. A student may be required, after review by the Graduate Studies committee, to make up deficiencies at the undergraduate level.

All applicants must complete the online application posted on the Graduate Admissions Homepage. Select “apply now” and follow the prompts to create an account username and password. After entering basic applicant and residency information you will be asked to select your academic objective. Simply select the appropriate objective from the pull down menu (in most cases: New – I want to apply to a new EMU grad program), the College or Arts and Sciences, and Art-Studio Art – MA (Master of Arts). Once you “save” this portion of the application you will be provided with a link to complete The School of Art & Design's Application (submitted via Slideroom). Here you will provide 3 letters of recommendation, a letter of intent that concisely expresses your goals and objectives as an artist/designer and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study, and a portfolio of 12-15 images, videos, and/or audio files. Please keep in mind- that once you have submitted the School of Art & Design’s application you will still need to request your official transcript(s) and finalize your application to the graduate school.

The Graduate Studies Committee evaluates applications to the MA program on an ongoing basis with a final deadline of December 1st for Winter admission, and April 1st for Summer/Fall. If you have any questions regarding the online application process, feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Prof. Brian Spolans at


The Graduate Coordinator will meet with each student to construct a program of study. Students should follow closely the Graduate School requirements for "Application for Diploma." Students whose degree program includes a final exhibition of work must apply for gallery space one semester prior to the proposed exhibition.

When a maximum of 10 hours of graduate credit in the area of concentration has been completed, the Graduate Studies committee will review and evaluate selected examples of each candidate's work completed since degree admission.


Prospective M.A. students chose from the following concentrations:
Please note before making your choice;

Students in the MA (Studio) program are welcome to pursue interdisciplinary directions within their studio practice. Applicants who produce interdisciplinary work and/or wish to pursue interdisciplinary work within the program are encouraged to apply.

  • Ceramics              
  • Drawing
  • Fibers
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design        
  • Metals
  • Painting              
  • Photography
  • Printmaking          
  • Sculpture
  • Time-Based Media                
  • Watercolor
  • Interdisciplinary

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