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The Art Department offers a graduate degree program for students interested in studying visual art beyond the baccalaureate level. The MFA degree requires that candidates complete coursework in art concepts and criticism, art history, a studio area of concentration, electives, and a creative thesis project.

Master of Fine Art (MFA)

The 90-credit Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal degree program providing students with professional levels of competency and experience in studio art. The MFA program qualifies students for careers as teachers in higher education, as professional studio artists, and for other studio-arts-related vocations.


In addition to the university regulations governing admission to graduate degree programs, acceptance into the and MFA program is primarily based on the student’s potential as evidenced by a portfolio, previous coursework in art, goals consistent with departmental resources, and other experiences relevant to art making.

To apply:

Submit a complete Graduate Admissions application to The Office of Graduate Studies and Research including:

  • statement of objectives
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Additionally, applicants are required to submit 20 examples of their recent work in the form of digital images on a CD (follow digital images format directions in the graduate program application information sheet).

The digital portfolio CD should be mailed directly to the Art Department along with copies of all application materials.