Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design


Each year the MFA program selects a cohort of students who embody the program's four shared values: diversity and inclusion; reciprocity between students and faculty; demonstrated ability to forge an individual path as a learner; and potential for integrating the course of study with the wider campus. Please refer to the mission and curriculum for further information.

Priority Deadline:  January 5, 2020

Applications received by January 5, will be eligible for university distinguished fellowships

Final Deadline:  January 24, 2020

Applications received by this deadline are eligible for full funding packages which include a full tuition waiver and teaching opportunities.




The application process for Fall 2020 is now open. Please submit your application materials to the following portals:



1. Portfolio of no more 20 than examples of original work. Must be submitted digitally using Slideroom.


Please submit the following materials through MSU’s Graduate Application Management System (GAMS)

2. Statement of Intent / Artist Statement  This brief statement (one page, single-spaced, 12pt font) provides you the opportunity to discuss your creative work, including descriptions of the issues that drive your creative practice and the sources that inform your work.

3. Personal Statement  The personal statement (two pages, single-spaced, 12pt font) should detail your reasons and/or goals for pursuing the MFA degree track in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University.  You can also share biographical information, background and interests, and/or include discussion of your past educational experience and future educational and professional goals.

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

5. Three letters of recommendation  Consider requesting letters from faculty members or others who are familiar with your creative research. These can be sent directly to the department or uploaded into the online application directly by the recommender, without any specific cover letter.

6. Transcripts  These must be official transcripts, which are typically 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. We will accept transcripts sent from you if they are stamped and or signed officially on the back by the institution.

7. TOEFL / IELTS  International Students are required to take an English Language Proficiency exam. More information below.


All international applicants are required to be proficient in English as a condition for regular admission to Michigan State University. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their proficiency by meeting certain minimum standards on any one of the following tests:

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is the center for international student involvement at MSU. The office provides new student orientation, as well as other social and cultural programming throughout the year to assist students in fulfilling their educational objectives. From their website you will find information on the international student orientationvisas, traveling, maintaining legal status, and financial aid.



January 5, 2020

January 24, 2020

For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
33 Kresge Art Center
Phone: 517-884-5945
Email: bvdk@msu.edu