Caine College of the Arts
Department of Art
Students are selected for the MA program on the basis of a portfolio demonstrating artistic individuality and a level of development beyond the need of classroom instruction.
All applicants are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree in the visual arts or its equivalent. During the last two years of undergraduate work, the GPA in art courses must have been at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale. MAT scores should be at or above the 40th percentile. Applicants taking the GRE should have verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 40th percentile.
Candidates for the MA must complete a minimum of 30 credits, to include: (1) 21 graduate studio credits, which may be divided into two or three areas of study at the graduate level; (2) 3 credits which may be earned in classes outside the department; (3) 3 credits of art history; and (4) 3 credits of Research and Thesis.
A total of 12 credits of art history, including undergraduate credits, is required for graduation, but only 3 credits earned as a matriculated graduate student at USU may be applied toward the 30-credit MA requirement. The additional 9 credits of art history may include credits earned at the undergraduate level.
A candidate must complete a minimum of two semesters in residency. Nine credits per semester is considered full-time graduate enrollment (unless the student is employed for 20 hours or more per week, then 6 credits is considered full-time enrollment), while 12 credits are considered the maximum enrollment. A minimum of three semesters is thus required to complete the 30-credit program.