While an undergraduate major in art education, studio art, or art history is highly recommended, special consideration may be given to applicants with related bachelor degrees and experience in art teaching, museum education, or community art organizations.
All applications for graduate admission to The University of Texas at Austin are processed by the Graduate School.
Step 1 — Complete Application and Pay Fee
Recommended deadline: December 15 (see note above)
Begin the process by completing an application for graduate admission at ApplyTexas.org and paying the application fee ($65 for U.S. and Permanent Resident applicants; $90 for International applicants).
Begin ApplyTexas application
- In the Educational Background section, specify the Program Track you’ve chosen for the Art Education program: Schools, Museums, or Community-Based Programs.
- In the References section, list the name and email address of each of the three people writing your Letters of Recommendation. After your application is submitted, each will be sent an email containing a secure link for submitting their letter electronically.
Within 48 hours of submitting your paid application, you will receive an email containing your UT EID (university electronic identification), which you will use throughout your association with the university and in subsequent steps of the application process.
Step 2 — Submit Transcripts, Test Scores, and Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended, with the exceptions of community or junior colleges that offer no coursework beyond the sophomore year. Review the Graduate School’s requirements and instructions for submitting transcripts.
A GRE General Test score (not more than five years old) is required of all applicants. Reports are to be submitted directly to the Graduate School from The Educational Testing Service (ETS) agency. The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882. No department code is needed.
Language Test Score (international applicants only)
A TOEFL or IELTS language test score is required of all international applicants not otherwise exempt. Reports are to be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Learn more about the Language Test requirement.
Letters of Recommendation
After you’ve submitted your ApplyTexas application and paid the fee, each of the three people you listed in the References section will be sent an email containing a secure link for submitting their Letter of Recommendation electronically. All letters must be submitted electronically and must be received by the final application deadline.
Step 3 — Submit Supporting Materials
After receiving your UT EID (within 48 hours of submitting your paid ApplyTexas application), you may use it to access the university’s MyStatus website, where you’ll upload the following supporting materials and monitor the status of your application and admission decision. Your application is not complete until you’ve uploaded all supporting materials.
Go to MyStatus
- All documents must be in PDF format.
- Please verify all documents before uploading. Subsequent uploading of the same document will not replace the one previously submitted, nor will admissions staff be able to remove duplicate documents.
Review the Graduate School’s requirements and instructions for submitting transcripts. If the issuing institution can’t electronically submit a transcript to UT Austin via the SPEEDE service, you should upload an “unofficial” transcript in PDF format as part of your supporting materials. If you’re offered admission, you will have to provide an “official” hardcopy version.
CV / Resume
Include your name, current address, phone(s), email, education (college/degree), and work experience, as well as any experience in art education, professional organization membership, conference participation, teacher certification, internships, travel, or other art-related professional activities.
Statement of Purpose
Please address the following. Your statement should not exceed 2–3 double-spaced pages.
- Your goals for undertaking graduate study in Art Education at The University of Texas at Austin
- The Program Track you plan to follow: Schools, Museums, or Community-Based Programs
- Indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for admission into another Program Track, should you not be admitted into your first choice. If so, please list your secondary Program Track for consideration by the Admission Review Committee
The writing samples should be two scholarly papers written as part of your undergraduate studies. (Students who have attended graduate school, or for whom significant time has lapsed since undergraduate studies, can contact the Graduate Advisor for guidance on appropriate scholarly paper submissions.)
A portfolio of work is encouraged for the Schools plus Certification track as part of the admission process. Upload a portfolio as a supplemental document using a PDF of a Powerpoint or Google Slides. The portfolio should contain 10–20 images of your strongest work, demonstrating both breadth (a range of media) and depth (a concentration that explores a concept or idea in depth). Please include title of work, media, and dimensions.
Step 4 — Confirm Receipt of all Application Materials
Use MyStatus to monitor your application. It’s your responsibility to confirm that all materials have been received and the application is complete by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted (no exceptions).
Go to MyStatus
Use MyStatus to:
- See which application materials have been submitted and which are still required
- Review the status of your recommendation letters, resend recommendation requests, or add recommenders
- Upload transcripts as PDFs (if institutions can’t submit them electronically)
- See your admission status after a decision has been made
Step 5 — After the Decision
Please visit the Graduate School’s After the Decision page for further information about admission, admission with conditions, and denials. Admissions to graduate programs at UT Austin are overseen by an Admissions Committee within the program. These committees are composed of experienced faculty members who are best-suited to determine the individuals who best meet program standards.
Unfortunately, when there are more qualified applicants than can adequately be instructed by the faculty or accommodated in the facilities, the Admissions Committee for the proposed area may deny admission to many applicants. Admissions recommendations to the Graduate Dean are final; there is no appeal process. We are not able to provide individual feedback to denied applicants.