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Art & Design MA – Online

Get Started – This Program Begins Each Fall Term

Applicants for Online Programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Application Deadline

The Art & Design Master of Arts online program accepts applications year-round with the following deadlines each year to be considered for entry that Fall semester.

  • Early Application Deadline: March 31
  • Standard Application Deadline: June 30

Applications received by March 31 will receive priority consideration for available spots. Admission to the master's program is approved by the faculty of the School of Art & Design following an evaluation of the applicant's admission materials.

Students who are admitted by June 1 will be able to apply for full consideration for UNC scholarships. Those accepted after that date will still be able to apply for UNC scholarships but some scholarships may have already been awarded.

The Application Process

  1. Apply to the UNC Graduate School
    • Choose Art & Design-MA (Extended Campus) as your academic program of interest on the application.
    • Follow all graduate school application steps for the application fee and submission of official copies of your transcripts (GRE scores are NOT required for this program).
    • International applicants: please read the additional steps below.
  2. You will then click on "Submit Supplemental Items" (or log back in later and choose "Bear App Profile") to submit the following in the online application system once you have completed your graduate school application:
    • Three professional letters of recommendation - the system will help you initiate requests to be sent to these individuals.
    • A two page statement elaborating the reasons for pursuing advanced studies in art education.
    • Current resume
    • Submit 10 images of your personal artwork. This should be digitized images of work in one PDF file.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.

International Students

All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:

  • Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL IBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE-A: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
  • Copy of passport bio page**
  • Financial Documentation** – we will need to verify that you can financially cover the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) of the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.

** = Items marked with ** are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.

For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.


Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Contact the Graduate Coordinator:

Thomas Stephens


Academic Coordinator:

Donna Goodwin


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