General Application Procedures
Students seeking admission to pursue graduate degrees in art must apply separately to the Office ofGraduate Studies and Research and the Department of Art. Application deadlines for admission to theSchool of Graduate Studies and Research may differ from those in the Department of Art and should beobtained separately by the applicant.
Application to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research
1. Completed application.
2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work. Transcripts should specifydegree(s) earned and the date(s) of graduation.International students seeking admission should consult the Graduate Catalogue for additionalrequirements and should provide the following items:
3. All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at least 90 days prior
to the semester in which the applicant intends to enroll.
4. Proof of financial responsibility.
5. An official transcript of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score ofat least 500.
Application to the Department of Art
1. Completed application form, including the applicant’s statement of intent (not to exceed one page).
2. Portfolio of 20 images (pdf digital files preferred) clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, title of piece, client,
purpose, medium, involvement and date. The portfolio should emphasize the applicant’sproposed area of study. (Please note that the department cannot assume responsibility for damages as a result of
shipping and handling.)
3. Three letters of recommendation from sponsors who are knowledgeable of the applicant’sundergraduate or professional work and suitability for graduate study. (see provided form)
4. Transcripts of all undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work.(Copies of original transcripts are permitted.)
5. Completed application for graduate assistantship, if sought.
6. Completed checklist (provided by the Department of Art).
Master of Arts in Art
Admission to pursue the MA degree in Art must be granted by both The Graduate School and the Department of Art. The applicant should submit slides of work and other supportive materials the department requires. Contact the departmental Graduate Coordinator for these requirements. The graduate degree program in Art is individually designed to meet the unique educational and professional needs of the student. In consultation with the graduate coordinator and the department head, students pursuing the MA degree will devise an appropriate degree plan during
the first semester.
Master of Fine Arts in Art
Students intending to apply for subsequent admittance into the Master of Fine Arts program should follow the course of study established for that degree. Department guidelines for the MFA are available upon request or can be found online at .. Within the MFA in Art in each primary area of emphasis its courses are discipline-specific and require approval by
the Graduate Coordinator prior to enrollment. The candidate may enter the MFA program only with faculty approval no earlier than the second regular, full-time semester of study. Until such admission is applied for and approved, the student is temporarily enrolled in an MA or MS
program of study. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with an art major or comparable experience, nine semester hours of art history and a minimum grade point average of “B” in all undergraduate studio art courses.
In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, applicants for the MFA degree will submit an application to the Department of Art that includes a slide portfolio, a statement of intent, transcripts of all previous college-level work, and three letters of recommendation. Copies of transcripts are acceptable if the originals are on file at the Graduate School. All of these materials are important in considering an applicant’s suitability for graduate study, but the slide portfolio is of paramount importance because it represents the extent of a student’s education in art. Care should be taken in the selection and photographing of works for the slide portfolio (CD portfolio is acceptable).