Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Get the details on how to apply to the Studio Art (M.F.A.) program.

Application Deadline

  • Nov. 1 for spring admission
  • Feb. 1 for fall admission

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree, preferably in art, from a regionally accredited college or university.*
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 for full admission, 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • For international students whose native language is not English, English competency must be certified by the achievement of a minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

*See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

How to Apply: 

You will need to complete Towson University’s online application for graduate admission. Read the instructions on how to apply. The online application requires the following:

  • A letter of intent: statement of your objectives
  • A current resume
  • Two addresses for letters of recommendation submitted with your application.  An email will be sent directly to your references asking them to complete an online recommendation.

You will also need to submit 20 of your most recent works using SlideRoom, and include the date, media, size, and title for each piece of work. There is a $12 fee to set up an account with Slideroom.

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.

How long will it take me to graduate? 

To graduate, you need 60 credits. Generally the MFA Graduate Program can be completed in 2 ½ to 3 years if full time. If you want to complete the program in 2 ½ years it is essential that you take 12 credits per semester or take classes during mini-mester or summer sessions.  It is not advisable to take 12 credits in your last semester as this is your thesis semester and all efforts should be directed toward your thesis. On the 3 year plan, you may take 12 credits for 2 semesters and 9 for the remaining semesters.

3 Year Plan 2.5 Year Plan
Semester Number of Credits Semester Number of Credits
Fall
12
Fall
12
Spring
9
Spring
12
Fall
12
Fall
12
Spring
9
Spring
12
Fall
9
Fall
12
Spring
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
60
 
60 

Questions? 

If you have questions about admission requirements, please contact MFA Studio Art program director Tonia Matthews at .