Application for admission to the MFA program for fall 2025 will re-open in the fall of 2024. 

We do not accept late application requests. Please consider applying next year if you missed this year’s deadline.

Requirements and Application Process

Michigan State University has an online application system through the Office of Admissions. To be considered for admission to the Master of Fine Arts Degree Program in Studio Art, an applicant must submit all materials digitally to MSU’s Graduate Admissions System and Slideroom

If you have additional questions after reading this, please consult our FAQs.

We do not review portfolios in advance of the admissions process. Contact your references for feedback on images and materials.

Required Application Documents

    • Statement of Intent / Artist Statement: This brief statement provides the applicant an opportunity to discuss their work, the issues they find most compelling that drive this work, and address sources that inform their work. Please address reasons/goals for pursuing the MFA degree track in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University.

    • The personal statement is an opportunity to share biographical information relevant to the review committee to know, but that doesn’t necessarily fit within the statement of intent/artist statement. Consider biographical information, interests, hardships, your past education experience, and future educational goals, and professional goals.

    • Transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s) must be official transcripts (generally sent directly from the institution). A cumulative 3.0 GPA is a requirement of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University for regular admittance. We will accept transcripts sent from the student if they are stamped and or signed officially on the back by the institution.  

    • Current resume/CV should include academic honors, scholarships, exhibition record, special skills and expertise, and prior teaching experience

    • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or others who are familiar with the applicant’s creative research. Your recommenders will be notified that you have added them as a reference and they will be able to upload their recommendations directly to the admissions platform. 

    • Portfolio of 15-20 images – must be submitted digitally using slideroom

    • TOEFL / IELTS – International Students are required to take an English Language Proficiency exam. For more information on minimum scores and eligible tests, please visit the Graduate School’s website. We do not grant language waivers prior to application submission. Please refer to the List of English Speaking Countries that do not need a Language Proficiency exam from MSU.

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