The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts


  1. Apply to the Graduate School at Penn State using the electronic application found at  More information about applying to the Graduate School at Penn State can be found at
  2. Letters of Recommendation: As part of the electronic application through the Graduate School Portal, applicants will be asked to provide names and email addresses of three people. Letters of recommendation should attest to scholarship and ability to work independently. References should be faculty or professional individuals who are acquainted with your academic qualifications and whom you feel are able to present an accurate evaluation of you. Each reference will be contacted by email only after your application has been submitted and will be asked to upload their letter at that time.
  3. International Students: The language of instruction at Penn State is English. International applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, enrollment, and, if necessary, remedial course work. The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. 

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

  1. Official Transcripts: As part of the electronic application through the Graduate School Portal, applicants will be asked to provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, both undergraduate and graduate including official military transcripts (if applicable).

NOTE: Applicants are required to upload copies of official transcripts to their electronic application on the Graduate School Portal. Hard copies of official transcripts may be requested at a later date.

NOTE: International applicants must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if the records are not in English. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

  1. Additional Documents: Please upload the following documents to your application through the Graduate School Portal:
    1. Statement of purpose in pursuing the M.P.S. in Art Education
    2. Teaching portfolio to include teaching philosophy and a sample of curricular materials developed by the applicant.
    3. A critical reflective written response to an article provided in the GRADS application site. The response should outline the key arguments made by the author(s), a critical evaluation of the logic and assumptions in the article, and a connection to the applicant's own instructional or professional experience.
    4. Curriculum vitae with evidence of professional leadership and service.