The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Accelerated Master's Programs allow University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students to pursue this degree in an abreviated timline.
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Dual Degree programs allow students to be admitted to two degree programs simultaneously with approval of each Graduate Program Committee and the Dean(s) for Graduate Studies.
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The School of Art, Art History, and Design offers an M.F.A. in studio art.
M.F.A. candidates may focus their study in one or a combination of the following studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each graduate student is provided a shared workspace as well as access to general work areas, a computer lab, and a well-equipped wood shop.
A resource that enriches the artistic climate of the department is the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, which houses one of the finest university collections of 20th Century American art. In addition, the Lentz Center for Asian Culture, the Great Plains Art Collection, and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery offer many visiting exhibitions and lectures.
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Course Number Title Credit Hours CERM 831 Ceramics I Hours: 1-6 CERM 832 Ceramics II Hours: 1-6 CERM 834 Glaze Formulation Hours: 3 CERM 835 Kiln Design and Construction Hours: 3 CERM 836 Making History: History of Ceramics Hours: 3 CERM 891 Special Topics in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 CERM 896 Advanced Problems in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 CERM 899 Studio Thesis in Ceramics Hours: 1-10 CERM 931 Ceramics III Hours: 1-6 CERM 932 Ceramics IV Hours: 1-6 CERM 996 Problems in Ceramics Hours: 1-6, max 24 Total 26 required
Drawing and Painting
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Course Number Title Credit Hours DRAW 801 Drawing I Hours: 1-6 DRAW 802 Drawing II Hours: 1-6 DRAW 896 Independent Study in Drawing Hours: 1-6, max 9 DRAW 901 Drawing III Hours: 1-6 DRAW 902 Drawing IV Hours: 1-6 PANT 851 Panting I Hours: 1-6 PANT 852 Panting II Hours: 1-6 PANT 896 Problems in Painting Hours: 1-6, max 9 PANT 951 Panting III Hours: 1-6 PANT 952 Panting IV Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
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Course Number Title Credit Hours GRPH 821 Graphic Design I Hours: 1-6 GRPH 822 Graphic Design II Hours: 1-6 GRPH 825 Interactive Design II: Interactive Storytelling Hours: 3 GRPH 896 Problems in Graphic Design Hours: 1-6 GRPH 921 Advanced Graphic Design I Hours: 1-6 GRPH 922 Advanced Graphic Design II Hours: 1-6 GRPH 825 Book Arts Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
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Course Number Title Credit Hours PHOT 861 Photography I Hours: 1-6 PHOT 862 Photography II Hours: 1-6 PHOT 891 Special Topics in Photography Hours: 3, max 18 PHOT 896 Problems in Photography Hours: 1-24: max 24 PHOT 899 Studio Thesis in Photography Hours: 1-10 PHOT 961 Photography III Hours: 1-6 PHOT 962 Photography IV Hours: 1-6 PHOT 996 Advanced Problems in Photography Hours: 1-24: max 24 ARTP 880 Japanese Visual Culture in Context Hours: 3 Total 26 required
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Course Number Title Credit Hours SCLP 811 Sculpture I Hours: 1-6 SCLP 812 Sculpture II Hours: 1-6 SCLP 896 Problems in Sculpture Hours: 1-6, max 9 SCLP 911 Sculpture III Hours: 1-6 SCLP 912 Sculpture IV Hours: 1-6 ARTP 896 Advanced Problems in Studio Hours: 1-24, max 24 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 ARTP 996 Problems in Studio Art Hours: 1-24, max 24 Total 26 required
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Course Number Title Credit Hours PRNT 841 Printmaking I Hours: 1-6 PRNT 842 Printmaking II Hours: 1-6 PRNT 891 Special Topics in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 24 PRNT 896 Problems in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 9 PRNT 941 Printmaking III Hours: 1-6 PRNT 942 Printmaking IV Hours: 1-6 PRNT 996 Problems in Printmaking Hours: 1-6, max 9 ARTP 899 Studio Thesis Hours: 1-10 Total 26 required
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Additional requirements specific to this program
- Resume/CV: 1-3 pages.
- Personal Statement: Describe your goals in entering the program and your objectives in the portfolio submitted. If your application is not for one specific specialization, indicate your studio discipline: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or a combination of two of these areas.
- Portfolio: Include 20 images of recent work (See departmental instructions for details.)
- Letters of recommendation from three individuals who are familiar with your work.
- Exhibitions: List your significant exhibitions in the application form's Activities and Awards section (on the Additional Information page); provide your complete list of exhibitions in your resume.
Admission Application Deadlines
February 1 for Fall.
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