Best Online Master’s in Art Education and Art Administration

Find top-ranked online master’s in art history education degree programs for students looking to apply their advanced knowledge of art history to the educational field.

Best Online Master’s in Art Education and Art Administration

Frequently Asked Questions About Art Education and Art Administration Degrees

Those looking to apply their advanced knowledge of art history to the educational field can earn a master’s degree in art education or arts administration.

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Students can take online classes that combine art history, education, and administration such as Multicultural Art Education, Research in Art Education, and History of Art Education.

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The required credits for graduation generally range from about 40 to 60 credits. The longer version of this program will usually include the instructional credits needed for teaching credentials. Typically, graduate students complete their program in two to three years. In addition to courses, students may also need to complete a practicum, an internship, and any required teaching certification exams.

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After graduation, students with a master’s in art education or arts administration typically apply for their degree in the teaching field, often working in public and private K-12 schools.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in art education and art administration.

Best Online Master's in Art Education and Art Administration Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online art education and art administration master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Art Education and Art Administration Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Boston University

    #48 institution's historical influence
    #56 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1425/32

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Kentucky

    #195 institution's historical influence
    #541 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Lexington, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Arts Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Florida State University

    #156 institution's historical influence
    #174 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Tallahassee, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MAEd in Art Education

    Concentrations

    • Museum
    • Classroom
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Northeastern University

    #294 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Arts Administration And Cultural Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MFA in Visual Arts
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MAT in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Azusa Pacific University

    #1456 institution's historical influence
    #733 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/23

    Azusa, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Modern Art History
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Adelphi University

    #707 institution's historical influence
    #610 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Garden City, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Roosevelt University

    #886 institution's historical influence
    #938 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Performing Arts Administration
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 Year
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    #1237 institution's historical influence
    #1176 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    <1K

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MFA in Fine Arts
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    University of Northern Iowa

    #1314 institution's historical influence
    #1433 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/23

    Cedar Falls, IA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

    #3010 institution's historical influence
    #521 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    Kutztown, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 30-33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA in Art

    Concentrations

    • Studio Track
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 15 months
    • Format: Online
    MA in Arts Administration
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Dallas Baptist University

    #3128 institution's historical influence
    #1101 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MLA in Liberal Arts

    Concentrations

    • Fine Arts
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  15. #15

    Radford University

    #1501 institution's historical influence
    #353 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    9K

    Radford, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MFA in Art Design Thinking
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Converse University

    #5725 institution's historical influence
    #1016 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $21K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/19

    Spartanburg, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Arts Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Lindenwood University

    #2487 institution's historical influence
    #1325 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Saint Charles, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Studio Art
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Winthrop University

    #2751 institution's historical influence
    #1174 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/21

    Rock Hill, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Arts Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Plymouth State University

    #3047 institution's historical influence
    #327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    4K

    Plymouth, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MEd in Integrated Arts
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MAT in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    #3006 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/20

    Edinboro, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Art Education
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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