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Master of Arts in Art Education Boston University College of Fine Arts


The Boston University Online Master of Arts in Art Education degree program is designed for busy educators who love making and teaching art and who want to enhance their practice, advance their careers, and change their studentís lives through the power of artistic expression. Students are guided by master teachers with years of experience in the studio and classroom. The online program allows our students to receive the highest caliber education without leaving their families, jobs and communities. Most students complete the MA degree in 18-24 months.

At the center of our program is the belief that everyone, no matter their artistic ability, age, or economic status, is enriched by art and ought to have the opportunity to see and make it.

Though it is essential, art is not easy to teach. To unlock its power takes teachers who can utilize proven techniques informed by their own studio work. Our graduates revitalize their practice by learning to devise effective unit plans and master the latest techniques based on leading edge theory and research. Their spoken and written communication is more focused and evidence-based. And because they know how and where to locate the latest research, our graduates stay current throughout their careers.

The programís emphasis is on teaching but we havenít forgotten that arts educators are artists. That may sound like a given but we take it seriously. Thatís why we created Summer Studios where our students come to Boston for intensive, hands-on, process-oriented instruction within a supportive, intimate environment. At the conclusion of this optional component, students leave refreshed and inspired, their work invigorated. Online faculty and student colleagues become life-long friends and contacts.

Why Choose BU's MA in Art Education Program?

  • Advance quickly through an accelerated curriculum with competitive cost on your own schedule
  • Access Boston University's extensive, world-class resources
  • Choose your own focus to your program: Artist/Teacher or Arts Education Leader
  • Learn from esteemed faculty who flourish academically and artistically in the world of art education
  • Create a vast network of art educators from around the world


The Boston University Master of Arts in Art Education online program consists of 32 credits, which can be completed in under two years of study. Courses run in seven-week intensives where students take one course at a time. Students typically complete two courses per semester. Optional on campus or Study Abroad experiences available, however, program may be completed 100% online.

Attention Arkansas Residents, please note: Enrollment in the MA in Art Education program offered by Boston University does not lead to public school (P-12) teacher licensure or a subject field endorsement (for public P-12 schools) in Arkansas.

Getting Started

Admissions deadlines are every seven weeks. Detailed program information can be found on the CFA program website. For assistance with your application or to ask questions, please contact our Manager of Online Admissions via email at, or by phone at 1-855-884-5636.