MFA in Studio Art Admission Process

Students interested in applying to the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the USF School of Art & Art History should read the requirement list first, then follow the steps listed below under How to Apply. Please note that admissions are for the fall term only.

Graduate Admissions Deadline: February 1

MFA Admission Requirements

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

Graduate applications must be received by February 1.


How to Apply to the MFA program

Admissions are for fall term only.

Applications are accepted starting September 1st with a deadline of February 1. Please read carefully all of the information provided below. Follow the numbered steps below to start the admissions process.

Step 1: Apply to the University of South Florida

Complete the electronic application and fee payment for USF graduate admissions by January 15th. You will be required to submit your application fee of $30 US dollars electronically.  All official transcripts must be  sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Official transcripts from each community college, college or university you have attended are required.

Do not submit recommendation letters with your USF application. Refer to Step 2.

For questions about admissions, please contact Maureen Slossen.


Step 2: Submit application materials to the School of Art & Art History

Submit the following portfolio materials electronically via SlideRoom. Detailed instructions and a tutorial are available in the link above 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.

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


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 two 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 review the Graduate Requirements & Deadlines for International Students at the USF Office of Admissions for important application instructions. International students must fulfill English proficiency requirements.


Contact Us

For questions about curricular requirements, application procedures, transfer credits, procedural issues, costs, financial aid, policies, and and to schedule a tour, please contact our graduate advisor, Maureen Slossen.

Office: FAH 246
Phone: (813) 974-9240

Professor Wendy Babcox is the faculty coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program. Contact her at to find out more about our graduate program, including: