Graduate Programs

MFA in Art

Performance by Ruth Burke (MFA 2017)

Jon Verney (MFA 2016): Thermophile

Nate Morgan (MFA 2016): Mouth at All Ends

Carolyn Clayton (MFA 2016): Chain of Contagion

Alisa Yang (MFA 2016): Please Come Again

The two-year MFA curriculum at the Stamps School has been developed for those artist/scholars whose creative practice is actively engaged with fields beyond the cultures of art and design.


It integrates creative work with academic research, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. All MFA students are required to reach beyond the cultures of art and design to develop robust engagements with one or more fields of knowledge and inquiry at the University of Michigan. Within this framework, the program offers two tracks — scholarly or studio-focused – to meet the individual needs and interests of students.

Students conduct their creative work in spacious, fully equipped studios in an outstanding university community with a culturally and resource rich environment. The Stamps School offers generous merit-based financial support to graduate students, from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses to teaching/research assistantships and full tuition waivers. 

Graduates of this program will be prepared to thrive in a variety of public and private roles and become cultural leaders in a rapidly changing global culture.

Certificate Programs

The University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School offers a wide variety of certificate programs, including a one-year Museum Studies certificate program. Learn more about U-M graduate and post-graduate certificate programs here.

Get to Know our MFAs

View images and videos created by our MFA students, and check out video profiles and stories about their creative work.

You can also check out the day-to-day activities in our Faculty/Graduate studios on Tumblr, and view individual biographies and galleries for our current MFA candidates in our Graduate Student Directory.


2016 MFA Brochure


2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

2016 MFA Thesis Catalog (PDF)


2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

2015 MFA Thesis Catalog (PDF)


2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

2014 MFA Thesis Catalog (PDF)