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MFA Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Jan­u­ary 62022

The admis­sions process for the MFA at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is highly selec­tive. Approx­i­mately 5 new stu­dents join the pro­gram each year. Appli­cants will hold a bach­e­lor’s degree, prefer­ably in art, and demon­strate the abil­ity to carry out inde­pen­dent cre­ative work. In addi­tion, they will have a strong edu­ca­tional back­ground, an inter­est in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary inquiry, and sub­stan­tive life expe­ri­ence to draw from in chart­ing new direc­tions for cre­ative practice.

Appli­ca­tion Instructions

Stamps grad­u­ate pro­grams are part of the Horace H. Rack­ham School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies, and admis­sion to the Stamps School of Art & Design requires con­cur­rent admis­sion to Rack­ham. Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als must be sub­mit­ted to both Rack­ham and the Stamps School as out­lined below.

Fre­quently Asked Questions

Visit the MFA FAQ for detailed infor­ma­tion on the MFA pro­gram, includ­ing spe­cific ques­tions about finan­cial aid, com­plet­ing your appli­ca­tion, and check­ing the sta­tus of your sub­mit­ted materials.

Note: GRE scores are not required. If you would like to sub­mit your scores, please feel free to do so, but they are not required.


After admis­sions mate­ri­als are reviewed, top appli­ca­tions will be inter­viewed via video con­fer­ence in mid-Feb­ru­ary. Final can­di­dates will be deter­mined after the inter­view process, and admis­sion deci­sions will be announced mid-March.