Graduate Program in Glass

The School of Art offers both the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Glass. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art at Kent State University provides abundant opportunities for graduate students to advance their skills in all areas of studio art.  We offer the only MFA program in northeast Ohio, and the only program in the state of Ohio to offer this breadth of studio specialties.

The graduate program in Glass at Kent State University is based on the belief that successful creative work results from spending time with one’s ideas and receiving constructive and supportive criticism from faculty and peers.  With this in mind, the program aims to create an atmosphere where students pursue ideas and engage in an extended scholarly dialogue.  While building on the legacy of the American Studio Glass Movement, students are fostered to be leaders in redefining the future of studio glassmaking.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Dedicated studio space for graduate students
  • Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer tuition remission and a stipend
  • Working with a range of graduate faculty 
  • Renowned visiting artist program
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and tools
  • Travel study opportunities every semester

All of the School of Art studios and classrooms are located under one roof in the Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016.


Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in glass and a 2.75 overall grade-point average (3.0 in the art major).

Graduate Application Requirements 

information on our application process



The admission cycle for fall 2023 is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  We invite you to consider applying to our program when the next application cycle opens in August of 2023 for Fall 2024 admission.  Our application deadline for the School of Art is generally in early February, so please be sure to check our website next fall for exact deadlines and ensure that all application materials arrive by that date to qualify for admission consideration.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Davin Ebanks, Assistant Professor, at or 330-672-9314.

Master of Art Program Outline

23 hours  - studio major course work
3 hours - Art History elective
6 hours - ART 67199, M.A. Thesis
32 total

M.A. in Studio Art

Master of Fine Arts Program Outline

36 hours – studio major course work
9 hours – electives
9 hours – Art History electives
6 hours – ART 69199, M.F.A. Thesis
60 total

M.F.A. in Studio Art

Visiting Artists since 2000:

Wes Hunting
Daniel Clayman
William Carlson
Michael Scheiner
Fritz Dreisbach
Jeff Mack
Keith & Deanna Clayton
Jack Wax
Deborah Horell
Scott Chaseling
James Mongrain
Nick Mount