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Nine credits per semester are required to maintain full-time status. These initial credits are assessed at one tuition rate; twelve credits and above at a different tuition rate. Please see the Tuition and Fee’s section of The University of Montana web page at http://www.umt.edu/finaid/cost.htm for clarification of tuition.

Full graduate status is granted to students working toward an advanced degree and whose applications present clear promise of satisfactory graduate work, with reference to the amount and level of performance in prior academic preparation, possession of a bachelor’s degree (BFA or equivalent credits to enter the MFA program) from an accredited institution, and satisfactory letters of recommendation.

Graduate students in degree programs must register for credits each autumn and spring semester.
50% of the total degree credits, minus the thesis, must be at the 500-level or higher.
Credits at the 300-400 level must have UG designation and are limited to six credits at the 300-level.
 

Master of Fine Arts

A minimum of 60 graduate credits is required with 40 credits taken in studio courses (to include thesis project credits). Graduate degrees from the University are required to include at least one-half from 500+ level courses.

  • ARTZ 501 - Graduate Critique Seminar, 12 credits
  • ARTZ 503 - 507 Art Criticism, 6 credits
  • ARTZ 501 - Expanded Studio Practice, 9 credits
  • ARTZ 505 - Independent Graduate Research, 12-15 credits
  • Open Elective (400-600 level), 3-6 credits
  • Professional Course (ARTZ 502-Pedagogy, ARTZ 506 Beyond Art School, ARTZ 504 Pre Candidacy), 6 credits
  • Art History (400-600 level), 3 credits
  • ARTZ 697, 699 - Thesis, 3 credits

Thesis (Art 699) is taken during the last semester, and includes a professional paper and thesis exhibition. The thesis project and distribution of credits are to be approved by the student's thesis committee. Special approval must be received from the Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate student's program director if a student wishes to count more than six (6) credits of 400-level UG courses toward their graduate degree.

Master of Arts - Art- Art History

A minimum of 30 graduate semester credits beyond the BA is required (20 credits from classes to include thesis project credits). One-half of the credits must be at the 500-level or above.

  • Art history (at graduate level), 15 credits

  • Thesis writing, 3-6 Credits

  • Allied fields, 3-6 credits

  • Studio art, 3 Credits (300-level or higher)

  • Methodologies, 3 Credits

The Thesis project (Art 699) is taken during the last semester, and includes a professional paper and oral examinations. The thesis project and distribution of credits are to be approved by the student's thesis committee. In addition, there are two required research papers and a language requirement. The language requirement is one introductory sequence with a minimum grade of C or reading proficiency exam.

All students receiving an MA in Art with a concentration in Art History and Criticism participate in a public presentation on their thesis work. Students must communicate with their thesis committee and the gallery director regarding scheduling of their presentation. The student is responsible for scheduling room reservations (x2414) and any needed equipment for their presentation. The student is also responsible for designing and writing all publicity for their presentation, which must be approved by the graduate advisor and thesis committee.

Master of Arts - Studio Art

A minimum of 30 graduate semester credits beyond the BA is required, with 20 credits from studio classes (to include thesis project credits). One-half of the credits must be at the 500-level or above.

  • Art history (at graduate level), 6 credits

  • ARTH 503 - Art criticism (at the graduate level), 3 credits

  • Studio electives, 3 credits

  • Area of studio concentration, 12 credits

  • ARTZ 699 - Thesis, 6 credits

Thesis (Art 699) is taken during the last semester, and includes a professional paper and thesis exhibition. The thesis project and distribution of credits are to be approved by the student's thesis committee. Special approval must be received from the Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate student's program director if a student wishes to count more than six (6) credits of 300-level UG courses toward their graduate degree.

The School of Art offers a joint MA - MFA degree offers two complementary degrees for students wishing to combine their studio practice with a deeper understanding of art historical knowledge, research methods, and critical analysis in a shorter period of time. It is particularly advantageous for individuals wishing to teach art history and criticism alongside studio classes. An MFA student in studio may apply graduate-level studio credits toward the completion of requirements for the MA in art history and criticism and, likewise, an MA student with a concentration in  Art History may use credits in her or his field for the MFA degree, thus shortening the amount of time it takes to complete the degrees. Students must apply to both the MA and MFA programs separately, however, if you are already enrolled in one of the degree programs and wish to apply to the other, you may use relevant portions of your initial application to the School and University in the new application.