Graduate Programs | Kent State University

Graduate Programs

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top 100 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 visual art.  We offer the only MFA program in northeast Ohio, and the public institution in the state of Ohio to offer this breadth of studio specialties.

Kent State University’s School of Art offers these graduate degrees:

M.A. in Art Education - Students may choose between a traditional (on-campus) degree, the 100% online degree, or a hybrid degree, with courses taken both online and on campus. In addition, an M.A.T. with an emphasis in Art Education is also offered through the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, which includes eligibility for pre-K-12 licensure in the visual arts from the State of Ohio. 

Art Education Graduate Program

M.F.A. in Studio Art - Students may choose a concentration in Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, Painting, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Print Media and Photography, Sculpture, or Textiles.  

M.A. degrees - Offered in either Fine Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, print media and photography) or Crafts (jewelry/metals/enameling, textiles, ceramics, glass). 

Studio Art Graduate Program

M.A. in Art History - Students may specialize in Contemporary African, Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern, Modern, American, or Contemporary art and critical theory.

Art History Graduate Program

Highlights of our program include:

• Dedicated studio space for studio art graduate students

• Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer tuition remission and a stipend

• Teaching and research opportunities

• Access to world-class museums and research libraries 

• 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.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Graduate Coordinator, Linda Hoeptner-Poling at lhoeptne@kent.edu or 330-672-1362. Visit the Graduate Admissions page for more information on how to apply.

Graduate Admissions