Department of Art and Art Professions

M.F.A. Studio Art

MFA Studio Art - How To Apply

admission prerequisites

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. International applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. An undergraduate major in studio art, including several courses in art history, is preferred but not required.

application instructions

The application deadline for the MFA program is February 1. All materials must be received by this date.

All applications must be submitted to NYU Steinhardt's Office of Graduate Admissions. Follow the instructions outlined by the Office of Graduate Admissions for completing your online application.

The following is a list of all items that must accompany the completed application form.

  1. Transcripts: Must be obtained from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, if applicable.
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation: Should be obtained from academic and professional sources related to your background in art and/or education and teaching.
  3. Current résumé
  4. Artist Statement (500 words): In this Artist Statement (to be submitted in lieu of the Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement), please describe your current work and the influences in any disciplines that have been important in shaping your practice. 
  5. Portfolio: Your Portfolio will be uploaded as part of the online application process. You will be instructed to submit 20 digital images of recent work in JPEG FORMAT ONLY, sized no larger than 1280 x 1024 pixels (maximum 4MB). Each image must be numbered, titled (if applicable) and include your name. Please do NOT submit PowerPoint or Keynote presentations.

    Videos for time-based work can be submitted in place of digital images (maximum 60MB). Videos can be a compilation of various works but the total running time cannot exceed five minutes per video. Genres appropriate to video documentation include video art, performance, and kinetic art, NOT documentation of sculptures or exhibitions. For portfolios combining digital images and videos the total number submitted should not exceed 20.

    Include an artist statement, a resume, and the names of 3 recommenders in PDF format as part of the Portfolio upload. Do not mail portfolios to the Graduate Admissions Office or the Department of Art and Art Professions. All portfolio documents must be uploaded only.
  6. Personal Interview: A personal interview by invitation only is required. Finalists will be notified by email to schedule an interview with the admissions committee.
  7. TOEFL Scores: We require the TOEFL exam from all applicants whose native language is not English and did not receive the equivalent of a 4-year US undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. Applicants holding or completing only a graduate degree from an English speaking institution are still required to submit a TOEFL score unless the graduate program was four or more years in duration.  Successful applicants score 100 or above on the internet-based test or 600 or above on the paper-based test.

For general information pertaining to admission and financial aid please visit Steinhardt Graduate Admissions.

See Financial Aid application information and deadlines.

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information sessions

At 3:00pm
on the following dates:
September 24
October 8 & 22
November 5 & 19
December 3 & 17

RSVP for one of these sessions by emailing Mary Ann Santos at

for further information:

Maureen Gallace, Director

Mary Ann Santos, Academic Advisor, Graduate Studio Art Programs