Graduate Program Overview


Department Head: Professor Laura Gelfand

Graduate Program Coordinator: Professor Laura Gelfand, Art History

Specializations: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Interior DesignGraphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Degree offered: Master of Fine Art (MFA)


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Master of Fine Art

The Master of Fine Art degree is the terminal degree in the visual arts field. The MFA program is designed to allow students to mature to a level of professional competence in the making of art. Related studies augment a rigorous studio program. The prospective student must exhibit both academic excellence and a well-developed personal artistic vision.


MFA Degree Requirements

Students must earn 60 credits total; the following classes are required:
Students must complete a minimum of four semesters in residence as full time students. For
students not serving as graduate assistants otherwise employed on campus, nine credits per
semester is the minimum for full-time status. (12 credits is considered a maximum.) For students
employed on campus, full-time status is dependent upon the number of hours per week that the
student works. For instance, for a graduate student who is employed on campus for 20 hours per
week (.50 FTE), 6 credits is considered full time. Students in their last semester, who require
fewer credits to complete their Program of Study may also be considered full time.


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