M.S. and Ph.D. in Art and Design Education Application Instructions

M.S. in Art and Design Education

Our M.S. in Art and Design Education requires a minimum of 30 semesters hours for graduate students wishing to pursue advanced research and/or certification to teach art in a K-12 classroom. 

Whether you are in pursuit of a K-12 licensure in art education, or if you already have a degree and are now looking to expand your skills, you can increase your knowledge and continue your professional development within the field of art education. NIU’s Art and Design Education Program offers a comprehensive, supportive and diverse opportunities to create, learn and grow. 

To learn more about the M.S. in Art and Design Education, contact our M.S. Advisor in Art and Design Education, Kryssi Staikidis at kstaikidis@niu.edu or 815-753-8388.

Ph.D. in Art and Design Education

Our Ph.D. in Art and Design Education is a 60 semester hour program that prepares you conduct, research, improve your teaching and become an active leader in your field. Our program emphasizes research, theory, philosophical development, discovery and application of new knowledge about art and visual culture. 

To learn more about the Ph.D. in Art and Design Education, contact our Ph.D. Advisor in Art and Design Education, Kerry Freedman, Ph.D. at kfreedman@niu.edu or 815-753-7879.


Application Instructions

Deadlines

Deadline for Fall Entry Rolling Admissions (for Priority Consideration): March 1 – Graduate Admission with Assistantship

Deadline for Spring Entry Rolling Admissions (for Priority Consideration): November 1 – Gradate Admission Only

Step 1: Apply via the Graduate School

Your application will include:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of purpose/goals

    NOTE:  The GRE is not required for an M.S. in Art and Design Education
Apply to the Graduate School

Step 2: Send the Following Materials to the School of Art and Design

  1. Graduate Assistantship Application

  2. School of Art and Design Graduate Assistantship Questionnaire

  3. Email a writing sample as a PDF to the Graduate Coordinator at artgradcoordinator@niu.edu

  4. TOEFL (international applicants)

Mail materials to:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
School of Art and Design
Northern Illinois University
330 Gilbert Drive
DeKalb, IL  60115

Contact Us

School of Art and Design
Jack Arends Building, Room 215
815-753-1473
Fax: 815-753-7701
artanddesigninfo@niu.edu

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