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  • Master of Fine Arts (MA) 

    Specializations in Fine Art; Communication Design; Design and Crafts; Photography 


    The MA Program 

    The Art Department offers a 39-credit Master of Fine Arts (MA) degree program. The MA degree is recommended for those professionals in the field who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge for advancement or who wish to engage a new direction in the studio arts. The MA program is designed to offer our students a thesis track in studio art specialized courses. The MA Academic Planning sheet outlines the course groupings and electives. Course descriptions may be found in the NJCU Graduate catalogue (http://www.njcu.edu/graduate/pdf/catalog.pdf).  

     Our Graduate program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time/working students. Most classes are offered in the evenings and some meet at individually scheduled times. Each MA student receives access to all the main studios, classrooms, and workshops. 


    To Apply:  

    Application for admission is done through the NJCU Office of Graduate Studies.
    Online application is also available at: http://www.njcu.edu/graduate_app/login.asp 

    NOTE:  There is no requirement for the GRE or MAT when applying to the MA. 

    General Admission Requirements: 

    1. An application for admission to graduate study and an application for matriculation.  
    2. A non-refundable graduate application fee of $55.  
    3. A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing your area of planned study.  This will also serve as a writing sample. 
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.  

    Two letters of recommendation, preferably from previous instructors or professionals in Art, sent directly from those making the recommendations.  

    International students have additional admission requirements; see the Graduate Studies webpage for details. 


    Portfolio Requirement:


    In addition to submitting the application forms, the Art Department requires that each applicant submit a resume and a portfolio, containing 20 images of art/design works you have completed. The portfolio images may be presented in digital form (jpegs on a CD/DVD; PDF portfolio; URL link to an online portfolio/website). Do not send original artwork. The Art Department graduate faculty reviews portfolios on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. All portfolios (or portfolio site links) should be sent to: Martin Kruck, Graduate Coordinator, Art Department, New Jersey City University, 100 Culver Ave. Jersey City, NJ, 07305  Email: mkruck@njcu.edu