Students who wish to major in art education must apply and be accepted to SUNY New Paltz and to the Art Department. For more information, please see the Art Department Admissions page.


For further information, contact:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

  • 845-257-3200
  • toll free 888-639-7589

The Art Department

  • 845-257-3830

The Art Education Program

  • 845-257-3850



Graduate Admissions

Applications to the MSEd in Visual Arts program are accepted on a rolling deadline, but applicants who apply before March 15 will be given priority. The program will review applications at any time of year, and accepted students will begin coursework in the summer. Please note that the application requires payment of a non-refundable $50 application fee. For online applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). For paper applications, payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard), a U.S. Postal Money Order, or a check made payable to SUNY New Paltz.


The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required for admission starting August 2015This will be a new requirement and will effect admission for summer 2016 only. Scores from the GRE will be considered in conjunction with all of your application materials. For more information consult the GRE & MAT Info page.


Required Graduate Application Procedure

Submit your application through the Graduate School and pay the application fee.

Online Graduate Application

Once you have submitted your application fee payment information, print the signature page that automatically displays.The signature page will be required to complete your admissions process. The signature page will display only once.

Send the following items in one packet to:

The Graduate School

State University of New York at New Paltz

Haggerty Administration Building 804

1 Hawk Drive

New Paltz, NY 12561-2443 

  • The signed signature page from your online application or paper application
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or other individuals who can evaluate your potential for graduate study
  • One official transcript from each college/university attended, including colleges from which you have transferred credits
  • A resume or CV
  • Your Graduate Admissions essay that clearly addresses the following:

    • How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?
    • How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?
    • What are your professional goals?
  • Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and between 400 and 500 words. Because your essay provides a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary organization, writing style, and mechanics.
  • A copy of your teaching certificate.

You will be sent an e-mail with a link to our electronic portfolio system within one to two business days after your application and fee have been received by the Graduate School. Use the information provided in the email to log in and check your online application status. Use "Submit Portfolio" link at the top of the page to submit your electronic portfolio. 

Your electronic portfolio must include the following:

  • Portfolio of artwork

Your portfolio should consist of 15 examples of your best studio work in any media. Images can be labeled and ordered as they are uploaded into our Electronic Portfolio system.

Each work sample must be labeled with the title of work, medium, size, and date. You may include external links to videos as part of your portfolio. This portion of the application does not include your students' work and does not need to address your breadth of ability with media. Rather, the images should represent your best work conceptually and technically. For good image quality, we recommend jpeg images no larger than 1280 x 1280 at 72 dpi.

  • Artist's statement

Please submit a one-page artist's statement that discusses your concepts, research, methods, and influences.

  • Teacher statement

Please submit a one- to two-page narrative of a lesson you've carried out with students that contextualizesstudent work in terms of the lesson plan, the assessment strategies, and the course curriculum. The narrative should describe the conceptual focus of the lesson, the learning objectives, ways you implemented the lesson (teaching strategies), your evaluation methods, and how the lesson reflects your teaching philosophy.

Please include several (three-to-five) examples of student work developed as part of this lesson showing a range of student responses. Please submit these examples with images embedded in a .pdf or .doc that is no more than 10mb file size.

You may complete the electronic portfolio portion of the application concurrently with the supplemental packet that will be submitted to the Graduate School, but your application will not be considered until all materials are submitted.


2015 Art Education Graduate Scholarship

The Art Education program at SUNY New Paltz is excited to offer a one time competitive scholarship of $1000 to students entering the MSEd program in the summer of 2015. This scholarship is focused on expanding diversity within our graduate program. Diversity in this context may relate to applicant qualities in terms of racial, ethnic, disability/ability, and/or geographic factors. The SUNY New Paltz Art Education program faculty work closely with students to promote social inclusivity, critical thinking, and social responsibility. Enhancing the diversity of our student population is an important part of this mission.

To apply for this scholarship, you must

  • be accepted to the MSEd program by May 1, 2015.
  • submit a curriculum vitae
  • describe how you as an applicant enhance diversity in the graduate program in a 300 word essay.

Please submit the curriculum vitae and essay as pdf documents attached via email to no later than May 15, 2015. Any questions about the scholarship or application process should be directed to this email address as well.


For further Admissions information, please contact:

  • The Art Education Program : 845-257-3850

  • The Graduate School: 845-257-3285


    toll-free 800-248-8856