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Apply to the Graduate Art Education Program

The Master’s program in Art Education is not accepting applications for Fall 2024. Please check back for updates.

Before You Begin

All applications for graduate admission to The University of Texas at Austin are processed by the Graduate School.

Application Steps

1. Complete Application and Pay Fee

Recommended deadline: December 15 (see note above)

Begin the application process by completing an application for graduate admission at 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 Study Option you’ve chosen for the Art Education program: Schools, Museums, or Community.

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.

Once you’ve received your UT EID, you may access the university’s MyStatus website and upload all supporting materials (see instructions below).

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.

GRE Score

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.

3. Upload 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

Be aware:

  • 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.

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 goals for undertaking graduate study in Art Education at The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Study Option you plan to follow: Schools, Museums, or Community
  • Indicate whether or not you would like to be considered for admission into another Study Option, should you not be admitted into your first choice. If so, please list your secondary Study Option for consideration by the Admission Review Committee

Writing Samples
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.

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

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.


Interviews may be requested as part of the admissions process.


Reread everything above and then consult the FAQ. Otherwise, questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, while questions about the program should go to the Graduate Advisor.

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