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Combine an MFA with an MA in Critical Studies

Our dual-degree option allows you to pursue an MFA Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Visual Studies, or MFA in Print Media while pursuing an MA in Critical Studies and complete both degrees in three years.

Advantages of the Dual Degree program

Combine an MFA in Visual Studies, Applied Craft + Design, or Print Media with an MA in Critical Studies.

The dual-degree's focus on critical writing can help you powerfully articulate and contextualize your work within a larger theoretical framework. The dual-degree program also offers you additional time and support for the written thesis, a crucial part of your thinking through your project and practice. Students can leverage elective credits that apply to both programs. Further, the MA in Critical Studies program emphasizes public scholarship with an opportunity to publish in the program’s online journal, and support to travel to academic conferences.

If you are pursuing a graduate degree because you are interested in teaching in higher education, the dual-degree program offers the advantages of a terminal MFA degree combined with the academic rigor of the MA in Critical Studies program. For any imagined career path, the professional practice coursework and required internship in the Critical Studies curriculum give students real world skills to be competitive in a variety of fields.

The dual-degree pathway allows you complete an MA and an MFA degree in three years. This program is not compatible with either of our Low-Residency MFA programs.


For any questions about the dual degree program, contact Shawna Lipton, Chair, MA in Critical Studies. Email

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