The mission of the M.F.A. program at Eastern Michigan University is to provide a broad yet rigorous environment that prepares students for professional success through creative work and research.

The M.F.A. curriculum fosters experimentation, intellectual risk-taking, and critical thinking through studio work, seminar and cognate courses; students are expected to produce a body of original work that extends knowledge by making a proven contribution to the field. Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work is encouraged. M.F.A. coursework includes seminars in history and theory. M.F.A. work also stresses the effects of diverse cultural influences on art, the role of the artist in society, and the relationships between studio practices and art and design history and theory. Faculty teaching in these programs pursue both excellence in teaching and an active agenda of research and creative work. The M.F.A. degree is a full-time, 60-hour program that culminates in an exhibition and an optional written thesis.

Graduate student artwork can be viewed in the artwork gallery on this site. 


Applicants for admission to the M.F.A. degree program must have an undergraduate degree, with a major in art or approximately 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work in art through an accredited institution; and meet degree admission standards of the Graduate School. Applicants must apply to both the Office of Graduate Admissions and the School of Art & Design (see links below). Students without an undergraduate major in art must complete approximately 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work in art through consultation with the graduate coordinator before admission to the graduate program.

Appropriate application materials are due to The School of Art & Design by the following dates (late applications will be considered as studio space permits):

  • Admission for the Fall semester: February 15
  • Admission for the Winter semester: October 1

All applicants must complete the online application posted on the Graduate Admissions Homepage. Select “apply now” and follow the prompts to create an account username and password. After entering basic applicant and residency information you will be asked to select your academic objective. Simply select the appropriate objective from the pull down menu (in most cases: New – I want to apply to a new EMU grad program), the College or Arts and Sciences, and Art-Studio Art – MFA (Master of Fine Arts). Once you “save” this portion of the application you will be provide with a link to complete The School of Art & Design's Application (submitted via Slideroom). Here you will provide 3 letters of recommendation, a letter of intent that concisely expresses your goals and objectives as an artist/designer and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study, an artist statement describing current artwork and research objectives/goals, and a portfolio of 15-20 images, videos, and/or audio files. Please keep in mind- that once you have submitted the School of Art & Design’s application you will still need to request your official transcript(s) and finalize your application to the Graduate School.

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Prof. Brian Spolans, at art_grad_coord@emich.edu


The Graduate Coordinator will meet with each student to construct a program of study. Students should follow closely the Graduate School requirements for "Application for Diploma." Students whose degree program includes a final exhibition of work must apply for gallery space one semester prior to the proposed exhibition.

Two years of residency (full-time enrollment) are required; exceptions may be made to this requirement with the approval of the student's adviser and the M.F.A. committee. At the end of the first year, the committee will review the work of each M.F.A. student and either allow the student to continue or formally ask the student to withdraw from the program.


Prospective M.F.A. students chose from the following concentrations:
Please note before making your choice;

Students in the MFA program are welcome to pursue interdisciplinary directions within their studio practice. Applicants who produce interdisciplinary work and/or wish to pursue interdisciplinary work within the program are encouraged to apply.

  • Ceramics              
  • Drawing
  • Fibers
  • Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design        
  • Metals
  • Painting              
  • Photography
  • Printmaking          
  • Sculpture
  • Time-Based Media
  • Watercolor
  • Interdisciplinary

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