MA/PhD in Arts in Education

The MA/PhD track in Arts in Education offers the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research while specializing in your own focus area in art education. While we offer a strong K-12 focus, many students come into the program with interests in museum education or community arts organizations.

Graduates become educational leaders in diverse contexts – teaching in higher education, attaining leadership roles in school districts, museums, community arts organizations, government agencies, and foundations.


Priority deadline: December 1
Admissions decisions: January

See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.


Master of arts students

Students can choose either a thesis (Plan A) or final paper (Plan B) to complete their degree. See the requirements for both curriculum plans.

View the core requirements for the MA in Art Education in the course catalog.

Doctoral curriculum

Your PhD coursework will center on your research interests. The program consists of 51 course credits and 24 doctoral thesis credits for a total of 78 credits.

To see the curriculum requirements in detail, visit the course catalog under sub-plans for Arts in Education.

Research opportunities

You can engage in research that advances the field of art education and ties into your area of interest. Faculty work closely with national, state, and local initiatives in art education. You are encouraged to collaborate on the development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Place-specific, culturally relevant, arts education taught from a critical perspective
  • Mentoring future art teachers
  • Design process
  • Aesthetic problem solving

View areas of faculty expertise

Arts in Education faculty


What our students have to say

Wendy Friedmeyer
There are amazing thinkers within our faculty. I’ve been inspired by their work and every course has exposed me to new and important ideas.

Wendy Friedmeyer, PhD 2020