Apply for an MFA in Art

How To Apply

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA), a three-year graduate program at the University of Oregon, is an interdisciplinary program. We are open to the complete spectrum of art practices and are aware that these often change in unpredictable ways. In any given year, we receive from 150 to 200 applications, of which approximately 10 are matriculated, for a total of approximately 30 students in the MFA program at any given time. 

There are two parts to the MFA Application:

1. Online UO Graduate Admission Application (GradWeb)

  • Online Graduate Application (requires credit card or online check)
  • Send official transcripts* of your undergraduate academic degree to:
    UO Admissions Department
    1217 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1217
  • No GRE required
  • TOEFL required for international applicants

*If you have not yet finished your undergraduate degree at the time of application, you do not need to send your in-progress transcript to the Office of Admissions. If you are admitted, you will need to send your final degree transcript after your undergraduate degree has been conferred.

2. Department of Art Application (SlideRoom)

  • Background information
  • Primary and secondary media focus. Note: the full faculty reviews all applications
  • Combined Letter of Intent/Artist Statement (two-page limit). Please be sure that your Letter of Intent/Artist Statement clearly articulates your reasons for choosing to pursue graduate study in the School of Art + Design at the University of Oregon and effectively communicates your priorities specific to your work and practice
  • Media: When uploading each of 20 media files that represent your work from the past three years, be prepared to provide: title, dimensions, year, materials, and a description. Artists with time-based work may include up to five 3-minute excerpts
  • References will be solicited directly for letters from SlideRoom
  • Graduate Employee Application. All incoming graduate students are eligible to apply for Graduate Employee (GE) positions. If you are interested in being considered for a GE position, please complete the GE application
  • Optional CV

Application Timeline

January 5Completed applications due
Mid-January to mid-FebruaryPhone interviews with finalists. The department will initiate contact with finalists only. Please do not contact the department to request an interview.
MarchNotification of accepted final candidates
JuneGE assignments made 

Additional Information

Questions regarding admission materials or processes? Contact:
Heidi Howes, administrative assistant, Department of Art
541-346-3618 | hhowes@uoregon.edu