Graduate Programs

The School of Art at Kent State University provides abundant opportunities for graduate students to advance their skills in all areas of visual art, offering degrees in Art Education, Art History and Studio Art. We offer the only M.F.A. program in northeast Ohio, and are the only public institution in the state 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. or M.A. in Studio Art - M.F.A. students may choose a concentration in Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, Painting, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Print Media and Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, or Textiles.  

All accepted M.F.A. students will receive a graduate assistantship with a full tuition waiver and a stipend. 

Studio Art Graduate Program

M.A. in Art History - Students may specialize in geographic regions—including African, American, Asian, or European art—or historic periods—including Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, or Contemporary art.

Art History Graduate Program

Highlights of our graduate 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 School of Art Graduate Coordinator, Shawn Powell at or call 330-672-2192.


Fall Admission: Our fall 2024 application cycle is now closed. We will begin accepting M.A. and M.F.A. applications for fall 2025 beginning in the fall of 2024. Our application deadline for the School of Art is generally in early February, the date will be posted when it becomes available. Check back for application deadline and ensure that all application materials arrive by that date to qualify for admission consideration.