Application Process

Application deadlines:  January 5th to be considered for university funding | February 15 to be considered for departmental funding

Application Process

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from a recognized educational institution, or have completed the courses in art that are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art at Michigan State University or the equivalents. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State Univeristy requires students to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for regular admission.


A student whose academic record meets most but not all of the admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. Any provisional work required of an incoming student will be explained in the letter of provisional acceptance. This letter will explicitly outline any specific coursework needed, whether the work will count toward the degree program, grade point required and the time line for completing remedial work. Students are responsible for completing all deficiencies specified at the time of provisional admission before the 15 Credit Review. 


Students are admitted to the Master of Fine Arts degree program in Studio Art for Fall semester only. Application materials for admission must be postmarked by February 15th. To be considered for MSU Distinguished Fellowship deadline for receipt of materials is January 5th.


Admission decisions are typically announced in early March.  Funding offers are extended in early April.