Undergraduate Admissions

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 or toll free 888-639-7589

The Art Department

The Art Education Program


Graduate Admissions

Applications to the MSEd in Visual Arts program are accepted on a rolling deadline, but applicants who apply before February 15 will be given priority. The program will review applications at until May 15, and accepted students will begin coursework in the Summer Session 1. 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. 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 Online Graduate Application through the Graduate School and pay the application fee. 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


  1. The signed signature page from your online application or paper application
  2. Three letters of recommendation from instructors or other individuals who can evaluate your potential for graduate study
  3. One official transcript from each college/university attended, including colleges from which you have transferred credits
  4. A resume or CV
  5. A copy of your teaching certificate.
  6. 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.


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. 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.


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-Teacher statement

Please submit a one-page statement that discusses your artistic and teaching practices.


For further Admissions information, please contact:

The Art Education Program : 845-257-3850

The Graduate School: 845-257-3285 or toll-free 800-248-8856