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Combine an MFA with an MA in Critical Studies

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

The Dual MFA/MA Degree exhibition at the PNCA Glass building

Advantages of the Dual Degree program

Combine an MFA in Visual Studies 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, and supports 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 in the Critical Studies curriculum gives students real world skills to be competitive in a variety of fields.

The dual-degree pathway allows you to 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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