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Art and Design Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #671 (BCR) DeKalb, IL, United States| Online
The master's degree in art and design education is designed to prepare students to be leaders, scholars and risk-takers in the field of art and design education in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, museums and cultural institutions. This program helps students build upon their personal strengths to advocate for art and design in schools and create diverse programs that appeal to students and communities alike.
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The M.S. in art and design is an online and on campus programme witch  requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work and successfully passing a comprehensive examination.

Applicants for the M.S. degree with a specialization in art and design education should have an undergraduate degree in art, art education, or other related field approved by the School of Art and Design.

Students with an undergraduate degree must be admitted to the M.S. program in art with a specialization in art education to enter the licensure program.

NIU’s Cutting-edge Program Provides

  • Internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in the field
  • Up-to-date, research-based curriculum
  • Leadership skills you need to support and expand your art program
  • Convenience and quality of well-designed online courses
  • Supportive community of graduate students and alumni
  • Prime location close to Chicago for your summer studio intensive 

Who Should Complete this Program?

K-12 teachers seeking credentials, museum educators and community art leaders can use the skills gained in the M.S. in Art Ed. to develop lesson plans, integrate technology into the art classroom, and lead and garner support for art education within their school districts and communities.

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree may complete requirements for the State of Illinois Standard Special (K-12) License through the art education division of the School of Art and Design as part of the degree program for the M.S. in art with a specialization in art education. With adviser approval, graduate-level requirements for licensure can be part of the 30 semester hours required for this specialization.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Seminar inSpecialization in Art and Design Education:

  • Art Education 
  • History and Philosophy of Art Education 
  • Research Readings in Art Education

Educator In-Service: Online or Blended - Track 2:

  • Art and Technology in the K-12 Classroom
  • Curriculum Development in Art and Design Education
  • History and Philosophy of Art Education
  • Research Readings in Art Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    854 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 854 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    497 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 497 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for DeKalb

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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