Master of Fine Arts in Art

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 15


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The MFA program at Washington State University is a two-year interdisciplinary program where students may focus in, but are not limited to, ceramics, drawing, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on personal and conceptual artistic development in light of contemporary art practices. Graduates meet with faculty for one-on-one studio discussions. First year students have an exhibition in the departmental gallery and the second year program culminates in a thesis exhibition held in the Museum of Art. A final oral examination and a thesis document are also required. The degree requires 56 graded credit hours and 5 credit hours of thesis work (FA 700) totaling 61 credits. 3.0 GPA and equivalent of a bachelors degree is required for admission.

Fully funded Assistantships are highly competitive. 


Admission Requirements:

All M.F.A. applicants must comply with the requirements for admission to the Graduate School as specific in the Graduate Studies Bulletin. “Undergraduate degrees (BA, BFA, BS, BEd) differ in disciplinary credit distribution and educational emphasis. In order to compensate for these differences in the studies (both undergraduate and graduate) leading ultimately to the MFA degree, the following combined (undergraduate plus graduate) semester credit totals are recommended: art studio, 100; history of art, 24.”

Apply directly through the graduate school GradCAS platform

The Department of Art requires you upload all of the following in GradCAS:
1) A statement of intent indicating your area(s) of focus, the subject of your work, the concepts and issues you are exploring, and how you foresee your work evolving within the program.

2) Current cv or resume

3) MFA portfolio of exactly 20 images in a single pdf. If you have time-based work, each link will count as 1 portfolio image. Please list title, medium, size and date of completion for each work in the portfolio.

4) An inventory list with the title, medium, size and approximate date of completion for each work included in the portfolio.

5) One essay describing your favorite object. (200 words or less)

Please furnish three letters of recommendation in your application to the Graduate School.

If out of the ordinary facilities are needed, the applicant should inquire if they are available in the department.

The Department does offer Teaching assistantships on a competitive basis.





Student Opportunities:

Training and Professional Development Opportunities include:

-Opportunities to work in a professional museum context and learn to install exhibitions, give tours etc.

-Our Endowed Visiting Artist program, which enables students to work one-on-one with professional artists in the field. These artists give critical feedback to our students in the form of studio visits.

Career Opportunities:

Post Graduate Empolyment Opportunities:

-Teaching at the college/university level
-Professional Artist
-Curatorial/Gallery work

Career Placements:

Post-Graduate Career Placements:

WSU Museum of Art
Teaching Middleton, Texas
Adjunct Teaching at WSU and Tri Cities,
Teaching at Missouri State University
Teaching at Green River Community College
Teaching at Black Hills State College and Nevada State College
Teaching at Columbia Basin College
Clinical Assistant Professor DTC, WSU
Adjunct Professor of Art, Prince George’s Community College in MD
Adjunct Professor Iowa Western Comminity Colege
Adjunct Professor Community College of Spokane and Yakima Valley College
Adjunct Professor Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University and North Idaho College
Academic adviser and instructor Tennessee Tech University
Assistant Professor Yakima Valley College
Freelance Graphic Designer
Studio Technician University of Arizona
Program Assistant at Present Los Angeles
Assistant Professor Midland College
Staff Vermont Studios
Adjunct Professor South Dakota State University
Assistant Professor Valley City State University
Instructor/Technician Bullseye Glass Co.
Studio Assistant Reed College
Professional Photographer
Assistant Professor Spokane Falls Community College
Adjunct Professor Olympic College and Green River College
Adjunct Professor Metropolitan State University Denver, CO
Assistant Professor Mott College, MI
Adjunct Green River College, WA

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