Master of Arts in Studio Art
"Participation in Sacramento State's Interdisciplinary Art History Program has taken me far beyond the completion of a Master's of Arts Degree. It has opened up a world of insight and an appreciation for art and its' historical context." 

Nancy Wylie, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Art Collection Management

Brett Melliar, 2017 installation view at the Robert Else gallery, Kadema Hall

The Master of Arts program in Studio Art focuses on intensive personal exploration and the development of studio practice. This is accompanied by developing skills in the analysis and critique of studio practice, as well as gaining underpinnings in art theory and history. The studio environment provides a place where students from all art disciplines can share ideas about art making. Through ongoing critiques, graduate level instruction, mentorship with accomplished faculty and exhibition opportunities in the Department's galleries, students develop a professional body of work. The MA degree requires a completion of a minimum of 30 semester units and provides both a foundation for further study - such as the terminal M.F.A. degree - and preparation for a life in the visual arts.

The studio curriculum encourages integration of professional practice with historical and theoretical studies. The progression of classes facilitates the transition from student to independent artist through studies in ceramics, drawing, new media art, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in art requires:
1. BA in Art or its equivalent, including 12 units in art history;
2. Minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
3. Graduate committee review of supplemental materials.
4. For international students, a passing score of the TOEFL examination. For all students, Advancement to Candidacy requires passing English proficiency requirements.

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Admission Procedures


Apply in two parts. First apply to the University using Cal State Apply and second, send the supplemental application materials to the department. Graduate students are admitted for the fall semester only.

Cal State Apply applications are due February 1. The deadline to upload the supplemental Art Department application and portfolio is February 15. Because of the two part application process, prospective students are advised to start the application process early. The application process cannot be completed in one day. 

For general information regarding the University's graduate programs and procedures, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 916-278-6470 or visit their FAQ.

All prospective graduate students will:
1. Submit an application through Cal State Apply during the open application period, October 1 through February 1.

2. Upload the Supplemental Art Department Application to the department no later than February 15.; Applicants can submit documentation of their work on a USB Flash Drive (in mailed envelope or personally delivered), via (still images/jpg.), (video, audio) submission.  

3. Mail or deliver official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Graduate Studies. (Do not send them to the Art Department.) Transcripts from CSUS are an exception.

Digital Submission/Image format

Submission on Flash Drive should include 20 JPG format images between 1.0- 3.0 megabytes each. Size to 1024 pixels (14.22 inches) on the longest side, at 72ppi. Label each file with image number (in order they are to be viewed), your last name, the first letter of your first name (e.g., 01_Doe_J.jpg). Enclose an annotated list PDF file in addition to a hard copy identifying each work by number, title, dimensions, medium, completion date, and any other relevant information. 

Digital Submission/Video Audio format

Submission on Flash Drive should include one 3.5-minute preview/excerpt of video works and two full-length projects. The two full-length projects are supplementary and may or may not be reviewed. Enclose an annotated list PDF file in addition to the hard copy identifying each work by number, title, dimensions, running time, completion date, and any other relevant information. Videos are to be in MP4 format.

Online Submission of Digital Material

Provide the link(s) to your on line accounts on the departmental application (page 3). For provide a link and password (only if password protected). For provide a link(s) to works or link to an album grouping of work and password (only if password protected).  


The Office of Graduate Studies: Riverfront Center 215
Telephone: (916) 278-6470
Art Department Graduate Program Coordinator: Andrew Connelly, Professor in Sculpture & Performance Art
Telephone:(916) 278-7514

Frequently Asked Questions