Graduate Admissions

MFA Admissions Requirements

All applicants are required to have earned a BFA degree in the Visual Arts, or its equivalent, including a minimum of 12 credits of Art History. GPA in art courses during the last two years of undergraduate work must be at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Students must submit either MAT or GRE scores. MAT scores should be at or above the 40th percentile; applicants taking the GRE should have verbal and quantitative scores at or above the 40th percentile.

MFA Application Procedure

Completed applications must include:

These materials must be sent directly to The School of Graduate Studies. When complete, applications will be forwarded by The School of Graduate Studies to the Department of Art & Design for review.

A portfolio of recent work (CD of 20 digital images in .JPEG format) must be mailed directly to:

Work depicted must be recent, i.e., no more than two years old. Completed applications and CD portfolios must be received by February 1.

Please note that:

Contact the financial aid office:

Applications are reviewed by the Department of Art & Design faculty. Candidates are selected primarily on the basis of their portfolio, which should demonstrate a level of development beyond the need of classroom instruction and encouragement. The faculty will also look for evidence of significant personal exploration in the portfolio.

Secondary to the portfolio, but important nonetheless, the applicant's letter of intent and letters of recommendation will also be given careful consideration. In reviewing these letters, the faculty will look for, among other things, indications that the applicant will be capable of prolonged and concentrated effort, guided by realistic personal goals. Letters should address both academic and artistic accomplishments as well as potential for further growth in both of these areas.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the USU campus and meet with the faculty in their proposed field of study well in advance of the February 1 application deadline.


Important Note

Please note that the graduate program has limited enrollment; admission is very competitive. Because only a small fraction of applicants can be accommodated, there can be no guarantee that applicants who meet admission requirements will be accepted into the program.


Financial Assistance

Departmental support is available to graduate students on a competitive basis. Students requesting financial support should apply to the department by February 1. Other assistance is available through the University Financial Aid Office. Students should note that applications for Federal Work Study should also be mailed during the first week of February.




Downloads and links:

Graduate Handbook

Master's Degree Program Worksheet

MFA Plan B Checklist

Degree Completion Timeline

Graduate Insurance FAQ

Spring Deadlines 2015



Other useful links:

Graduate School

General Catalog

Caine College of the Arts

Financial Aid Office



Disability Resource Center

Registrar's Office