The limited-residency Master of Fine Arts in Illustration is specifically designed to meet the needs of practicing illustrators and designers seeking the terminal degree in the discipline while maintaining active, full-time, professional careers. The independent, tutorial-based program structure requires two and one-third years to complete. Students are expected to be in residence at the University for intensive two-week summer sessions and at one-week, off-campus residencies in selected cities during both the fall and spring semesters. Off-campus host cities are carefully chosen for their proximity to major illustration markets and practicing professionals. Recent off-campus locations include Dallas/Fort Worth, New York City, Pasadena/Los Angeles, and San Francisco. During the nonresident portions of the program, students maintain ongoing contact with the program director, their thesis advisor, and faculty through the use of online, fax, telephone, and express-mail services. Thus, the limited-residency structure of the program provides nontraditional, working students the opportunity to complete a professional, terminal degree while simultaneously continuing to meet employment and family obligations.