MAAE and MAT Application

Students interested in the BFA/MAT Dual Degree program should fill out the BFA Application 

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Master of Arts in Art Education Application Deadlines: May 1
Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts Application Deadline: July 1

There is a graduate application fee of $75, which must be paid at the time of application. After you fill out the online form, please proceed to Slideroom to submit the body of your application.

Required Materials:

  • An official transcript from each college or university attended. Undergraduate degrees may be in unrelated fields if the student’s portfolio is of a standard expected of a graduate applicant and if the written personal statement shows proof of sufficient understanding of history and contemporary practice in their field of study.
  • A written personal statement. The statement (900 – 1200 words) should include:
    • an analysis of the form and content of the applicant’s current work paced in an historical or contemporary context.
    • the applicant’s intended field of exploration.
    • goals for graduate study.
    • intended outcomes upon completion of the program.
  • A full curriculum vitae. List education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, honors, etc. and include a minimum of three references along with their contact information (name, relationship to applicant, mailing address, email address and phone number). References should be able to speak from direct experience about the applicant’s ability to thrive within a rigorous graduate program.

    Program Specific Application Requirements

    Please submit to Slideroom

    MA in Art Education

    Portfolio:15-20 images of applicant’s current studio work. At a minimum, 10 of the images must be in the applicant’s chosen studio concentration (fine art, photo, or ceramics).

    Two letters of recommendation.

    MA in Teaching Visual Art

    Portfolio: No more than 20 images that in totality meet the following criteria. A minimum of 8 -10 of the images that evidence advanced proficiency in a cohesive body of work in the same medium.

    A minimum of 10 images that demonstrate a developed, personal iconography using a range of media, techniques, artistic processes, ideas, and genres. Minimum representation of media must include:

    • drawing (observational and expressive)
    • ceramics and/or sculpture
    • electronic media
    • painting
    • printmaking
    • other media (e.g. mixed media, photography, non traditional materials etc. 

    Praxis Scores: Applicants must have passed the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators series in reading, writing, and mathematics (test # 5751) and the Praxis Content Knowledge in Art (test # 5134). Test results should be sent to the New Hampshire Institute of Art (code 3668) and the New Hampshire Department of Education (7660). Applicants may visit: for more information.

    Note: Applicants who completed the SAT or ACT test in reading, writing, and mathematics, and who scored nationally at the 50th percentile or higher in any or all three tests, may waive the Praxis Core Academic Skills requirement. Official scores must be sent to NHIA as a part of the application as well as to the New Hampshire Department of Education

    Interview: An interview is required once all the application materials have been reviewed.


    A notification of the decision regarding a student’s application is usually made within three weeks and the candidate is notified in writing by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Notification of the decision for transfer or international applicants may take up to four weeks.


    If you’re accepted to NHIA, you will find an enrollment deposit form included with your acceptance letter. This form must be completed and returned to the Institute with a $200 enrollment deposit no later than the due date listed on the acceptance letter. The enrollment deposit reserves your space in the next semester’s class, is applied directly to that semester’s tuition, and is non-refundable. A separate $200 deposit for housing may be required for some residencies offering on-campus housing.


    Please visit our Veteran's Page for more information.


    The MFA programs do not accept transfer credit.  MAAE or MAT applicants wishing to apply up to 6 transfer credits from another accredited graduate program should contact Graduate Admissions - ph. 603-836-2588


    • International applicants for admission follow the same application requirements described above and must, if appropriate, also provide proof of English language proficiency.
    • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) as evidence of English proficiency. Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/IELTS. Minimum score requirements are: TOEFL 71 IBT or 197 CBT, and IELTS 6.0.
    • Upon approval, the Institute will issue the Sevis I-20 entitling you to apply for the F-1 student visa. International students who have been accepted must provide official, certified documentation of funding available to support one year of study at the Institute. Although the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires documentation of funding sources for only one year of study, we encourage you to plan funding for each year of study.
    • All submitted documents must be in English.


      Graduate Admissions Office 
      148 Concord Street 
      Manchester, NH 03104 
      Toll Free: 866-241-4918 
      Local: 603-836-2588

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