Graduate Admissions

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The Master of Arts in Art Education—M.A.—is a completely online program that allows you to advance your career as an educator, whether you teach in a K-12 setting or have a role in a museum or a not-for-profit art organization. Through advanced courses focusing on art education theory, current issues, innovative pedagogy and research, students are empowered with the skills needed to be leaders in the profession. The program is designed to be completed in six semesters to accommodate the schedule of working educators (four semesters at six credits each and two thesis semesters at three credits each). Students not working outside of the home who are able to enroll in more credits per semester can complete the program in less time. This program does not offer teacher certification or an art education endorsement.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in art education or related area
  • Minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Prior experience or demonstrated interest in art education

Application Deadlines

  • August 1—fall entry
  • December 1—spring entry
  • April 1—summer entry

Application Process

Application for admission to the M.A. in art education is submitted through the WMU online application system.


Required documents

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants will submit requests for recommendations through the WMU online application system.
  • A double-spaced, 500-1500 word, written statement, in response to the following items:

Summarize your experience in academic, professional, research, creative, or scholarly activities. Indicate how these experiences have prepared you for graduate study  in art education, and how the M.A. degree will contribute to your professional goals. This statement will demonstrate your writing ability and communication skills.

  • Application to the M.A. in Art Education program does not require a portfolio or graduate test.

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions to the master’s program in art education within three weeks of submitting a completed application.

For questions about the master’s in art education program, contact Dr. William Charland at Thank you for your interest in the art education graduate program.