Admissions to Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art


Admission requirements for the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or art school.
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    2. Earned a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or better in all upper division studies as an undergraduate student. (The GRE is not required but may be used for admission purposes if the applicant chooses to do so.)
  • Successful acceptance by the School Faculty of a portfolio of artworks (see below.)

Step-by-Step Application Procedures

Admissions are for Fall Term only.

Applications are accepted starting September 1st with a deadline of January 15th. Please read carefully all of the information provided below. Follow the numbered steps below to start the admissions process. The School of Art and Art History is a direct receipt program, which means that supporting documents to your university application such as transcripts and test scores, are sent directly to the program.

Step 1:

The electronic application and fee payment for USF graduate admissions must be completed by January 15th at You will be required to submit your application fee of $30 US dollars electronically. All Official transcripts must be postmarked by January 15th and sent directly to the School of Art and Art History. Official transcripts from each community college, college or university you have attended are required. Please mail to: USF, ATTN: Academic Program Specialist, School of Art and Art History, 4202 E Fowler Ave. FAH 110, Tampa, FL 33620-7350. Do not submit recommendation letters with your USF application. For questions about admissions, please contact Maureen Slossen at

Step 2:

The following portfolio materials must be submitted electronically at . Detailed instructions and a tutorial are available on the site to assist you in the online submission process. There is a cost of $12 to submit your portfolio. You will pay this fee electronically when you submit your portfolio.

  1. Artist Statement
  2. Resume
  3. 2D or 3D artwork submit 20 images
  4. Digital Video, Electronic Media submit materials directly through Slideroom.  If there are problems with Interactive Art, Sound Art or other submissions, contact Maureen Slossen at
  5. Three letters of recommendation (Slideroom will send an email to each recommender with instructions for submission of these letters.)

For questions regarding portfolios and portfolio submission, please contact Professor Wendy Babcox, MFA Coordinator, at .

Step 3: International Students (only)

International applicants from non-English speaking countries or who have not earned a degree in the United States must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry, a minimum PTE-A score of 53 or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test). Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the testing agency, but applicants should upload unofficial copies of their test score reports to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores are received from the testing agency.

Please visit International Student Services at for important application instructions. International students must fulfill English proficiency requirements.See for additional information.