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MFA Studio Art Admission

Applicants will need a BFA, or equivalent, including concentration in intended specialty as evidenced by appropriate credit, an acceptable portfolio of work, a statement of professional experience and goals, and letters of recommendation. Admission to the program is based on:

  • Portfolio review by faculty committee
  • GPA throughout academic career
  • Statement of professional experience and goals
  • Three letters of recommendation

Twenty images are required with an emphasis in the specialization you want to pursue (painting or sculpture). Images and letters of recommendation should be submitted in SlideRoom.

Application Deadline: February 14

Graduate Application   Portfolio Submission


Degree Requirements

A total of at least six semesters of graduate work is required. At least 60 semester hours must be earned. To learn more about the degree requirements, visit the course catalog.



Colloquia are offered by the faculty of the department. These are intended to serve the specific purpose of establishing a personal and informal means of communication between students and faculty. The colloquia will feature presentations and discussions by on and off-campus speakers, faculty and members of the School of Art.



Admission to candidacy requires the approval of the thesis committee of each student. Admission to candidacy is expected no later than the end of the third semester of graduate study. Those who have not been admitted to candidacy by the beginning of their forth semester may not earn additional credits. Those who wish additional elective credits may continue for a probationary period of not more than 12 semester hours as a ‘non-degree’ student. Further enrollment will be permitted only if a student is re-admitted to the degree program.



The Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, along with the written supporting material, is the culmination of the graduate school experience. Thesis exhibition enrollment requires admission to candidacy as a prerequisite. Actual installation of the thesis exhibition requires approval of the advisory committee. The written portion of the thesis exhibition also requires committee approval. This written portion, and the format of the permanent record of the thesis exhibition, will be determined by the committee.


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered each year to qualified candidates. Graduate assistants have an obligation of ten hours a week in service to the School. They are given a full tuition waiver plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are assigned a studio space.


Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees
Financial Aid
Graduate Assistantships


For more information about College of Fine Arts graduate studies, visit graduate resources.