Art is as individual as the artist. It is a way of seeing  a perspective. At SUNY Oswego, you'll gain a broad understanding of traditional techniques while developing your own personal style. You'll also have the chance to bolster your skills by exploring related creative fields.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall and Spring

Delivery Option Main Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 30

Estimated Completion Time 2 Years


In this program, we aim to develop your skills and aesthetic understanding in an artistic discipline. Students are required to take courses that blend studio practice with references to art history and theory. You have the chance to work closely with teachers who are committed to creative work in their own field and encourage students to follow the same path. The program encourages you to strive for the creation of a significant body of art work representing very high levels of achievement.

This selective program emphasizing studio art includes several phases of professional competence in the department with the possible inclusion of other disciplines outside the department when necessary.


Master of Arts

New Facilities

SUNY Oswego's historical center for arts and design, Tyler Hall housed the latest innovations in creative exhibition and design technology. 


Our program ensures that graduates have the opportunity to develop their creativity to a highly professional level within an academic environment. Throughout your education, you will work closely with a faculty member who will also serve as your mentor. Many graduates of our program have been accepted in esteemed Master of Fine Arts programs.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional artist
  • Art teacher 
  • Gallery manager
  • Creative director

Oswego's program allowed me expand my portfolio by addressing design briefs and presenting full case studies. I especially appreciated the flexibility to explore the craft I wanted to expand, while also pushing me to incorporate new mediums and ideas.

Program Resources

Information Sessions

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NASAD Accredited 

We are one of the select art departments to earn accreditation from the National Association od Schools of Art and Design.

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn’t come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript
Submit official transcripts confirming your bachelor’s or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degree/certificate. U.S. transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution (electronic or mail). All international transcripts require verification via a World Education Services (WES) credit evaluation. If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your official transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application upon submitting your application.

Submit 15 samples of your design work as digital files in your area of interest, including an annotated list providing the title, date of the work and describing the context and your role in the project. (Accepted file types: PDF, JPG, Vimeo or YouTube)

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Two letters of recommendation

Indicate two names with valid email addresses. We will send an email request directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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