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  Dec 04, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2020-2021 [Archived Catalog]

Art, M.S.

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The Department of Art offers the Master of Science in Art degree in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, and the three-dimensional arts including sculpture and ceramics. For graduate studies in graphic design, please refer to the M.F.A. programs in Visual Arts and Graphic Design and the Master of Science in Graphic Design in the Graduate Degree Programs list in the Graduate Catalog. There is no graduate program in interior design.

Application for Full Admission

In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate Office, the applicant must comply with the following and have approval for admission from an appointed graduate art faculty review committee:

Master of Science Degree in Art

1.     Applicants interested in the 30 hour Master of Science in Art Degree must provide the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies with the following:

        a.  An online application for Graduate Admission, located on the website:

        b.  One official copy of all academic transcripts.

        c.  A $35.00 application fee.

        All admission documents must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).

2.     The admission requirements below will be reviewed by an appointed Department of Art Graduate Admissions Review Committee and the Graduate Art Coordinator.

        a.   Applicants for the 30 hour Master of Science in Art Degree must either hold an undergraduate degree in studio art with a major in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional art or earned the equivalent undergraduate preparation in art (contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Art for information on equivalency of preparation).

        b.   The Department of Art requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above.

        c.   Submit a formal statement of intent of 500-1,000 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. Submit the statement, resume, and digital portfolio of images to

        d.   Applicants must provide a current resume or vita.

        e.   Submit a portfolio of artwork that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in studio art. It should include painting, and drawing, for a two-dimensional emphasis or sculpture and ceramics for a three-dimensional emphasis. The portfolio must consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may provide a PDF of 20 digital images of artwork. The portfolio will be reviewed by an appointed graduate committee and an admission decision will be made.

International Student Admissions

International students must meet regular admission requirements as stated above. However, the following exception to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for the Master of Science:

The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College.

Master of Science in Art (M.S.) Program of Studies

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work:

M.S. candidates must complete the following course requirements:

2. Twenty-four semester hours in either:

Two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, selected in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

3. Upon completion of the program of studies:

The Master of Science candidate shall exhibit artwork demonstrating competence in the studio concentration. The candidate is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination at which time artwork will be presented.

M.A. in Art created in 1976 (changed to M.S. in Art 2015)

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