Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Overview

The M.F.A. is a three-year, 60 credit, in-residence studio program that                                                                                combines contemporary critical engagement with technical proficiency. 

All students in the M.F.A. Studio Art program are fully supported.  We are able to provide full assistantships to all of our M.F.A.’s. The assistantship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend that will increase next year to $15,000 annually, plus a Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $4,000 per year, for a total package of $19,000 of support per year

Students enter the program in one of 6 media areas - ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.   While it is expected that students will have a strong interest in their chosen medium, they are encouraged to explore other media and work across disciplines. The curriculum is designed to support a variety of approaches to art making, accompanied by rigorous inquiry and research. 

How to Apply

Application deadline is January 15 for Fall Admission onlyThe  application portal on Slideroom  will close at 12 midnight (Central time) on January 15. It is recommended that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to this, to allow your faculty recommenders time to upload their letters.

NOTE: The GRE is not required for applicants to the M.F.A. program in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas.

The application is a 2-step process. Each applicant must apply to BOTH of the following:

  1. The School of Art, using a web-based portfolio and document submission system,
  2. The Graduate School & International Education

Materials to Upload to SlideRoom

The following materials should be uploaded to SlideRoom:

  1. An artist’s statement focusing on thematic concerns, the form that your work takes, and artists or theories that have influenced the work (1 to 2 pages in length).
  2. A personal statement outlining goals for graduate study, the media aras you plan to study, and your reasons for pursuing graduate study at this time.
  3. Information about your skills if applying for an assistantship.
  4. Resume.
  5. English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) if English is not your native language.
  6. PDF of unofficial transcripts of college-level work from each degree-granting institution you have attended. If you are unable to scan and send transcripts using SlideRoom, they may be sent as a hard copy to:                                                                       M.F.A. Admissions
    1 University of Arkansas
    School of Art
    116 FNAR
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
  7. The names and contact information of three references (from your professors or other art professionals) who can discuss your art work, conceptual thinking, work habits, and potential for graduate study in art. The references will receive an email link, which will allow them to upload their letter.
  8. A portfolio of art works (20 pieces, up to 5 of which may be details if needed).

Portfolio Image Submission Guidelines

Assembling Your Portfolio

The portfolio of work is the primary material the faculty will look at in making their decision. Examples should feature recent work (preferably from the last 2 years) in the applicant’s proposed area(s) of concentration. Choose your best and most recent work that demonstrates your focus and informed knowledge of contemporary art. The majority of the images should emphasize a consistent line of thought rather than submitting widely varying work from undergraduate class assignments.

Care should be taken to represent the art works as accurately as possible. Images should be properly lit, exposed, and cropped, with no other distracting information in the frame.

Portfolio Submission

You must upload 20 images to SlideRoom. The maximum size allowed is 5MB. If needed, you may also upload videos of no more than 5 minutes.

Arrange images in chronological order, oldest to newest. Images/videos can be labeled and ordered after they are uploaded into SlideRoom. You will need to provide the title of each image, the medium, year created, and dimensions.  Up to five of these images may be details if appropriate for large scale or 3-dimensional pieces.

SlideRoom has comprehensive instructions for resizing and submitting work online.


  • January 15, 2019
    MFA Fall Admission Deadline

Graduate Directors

Kristin Musgnug //

Kasey Ramirez // // 

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