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    Kristen Dikio

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    Nichole Gawalis

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The MA program requirements are listed in the University Catalog

The MA portfolio review will be held once in the fall and once in the spring semester. The fall MA portfolio review will be held December 4, 2015. Students are required to sign up for the fall review by Wednesday, November 25, 2015. The spring MA portfolio review will be held May 6, 2016. Students are required to sign up for the spring review by April 29, 2016.  Please call the Art Advisement office to sign up, but it is recommended that you personally visit and meet with the Graduate Advisement Coordinator - Jackie Stemm. Please contact the Art Graduate Office at 818-677-2348, if you need more assistance.

The MA in Art is an advanced degree for specialization in visual art, requiring a minimum of 30 units. Students accepted into the program are expected to be registered full time, taking a minimum of 9 units per semester. The areas of specialization are as follows:

Visual Arts with concentration in:

NOTE: The Graphic Design option within the MA/MFA in Visual Arts is currently suspended and will not be receiving application until further notice.

The Masters in Art Education program is currently closed and graduate applications are not being accepted at this time, until further notice.

The Art Education Single Subject Matter Program (SSMP) in Art is available for qualified CSUN Art Major students, who wish to apply for the Secondary Art Teaching credential program through the College of Education. Please contact the Art Advisement Office for further details.
The MA Art History option is currently suspended and this area will not be accepting applications until further notice. 




The student must first apply to the Office of Admissions and Records for admission to the University. This must be completed before the departmental process can begin. Graduate student requirements for admission to the University are:

a. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.

b. Good academic standing at the last institution attended.

c. Undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units.


Having met the University requirements for admission, the student's application is forwarded to the Art Department where it is evaluated by the Graduate Coordinator in the student's area of concentration, any deficiencies are noted, and the status of the student is determined. Portfolio reviews for the the Visual Arts concentrations are given in mid-December and mid-May. The specific MA portfolio review dates are listed at the top of this page.


Grade Point Average

a: 3.0 grade point average for all work taken as a conditionally classified graduate student and in any courses required by the department for admission to the Program.

b: If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, the student must take the Graduate Record Exam and score above the 50th percentile on one of the three portions of the aptitude test, i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytic, or must meet the Department's in lieu requirements.

The coordinators contact information for each concentration are:

Visual Arts MA and MFA Coordinator: