Application Process

Graduate student applicants are evaluated primarily on the basis of a portfolio of twenty images, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. All applicants must write a statement of intent indicating their goals for the M.F.A. degree and their expectations for graduate studies. Please use our M.F.A. checklist as a guide to applying for our program. While applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to one main disciplinary area, those who wish to apply to two areas are permitted to submit one application through the online system and then submit independent portfolios for each respective area in Slideroom.

Prerequisites for admission ordinarily include the B.F.A. degree in studio art or design, including courses in art and art history. However, students of exceptional merit who have earned the B.A./B.S. degree in studio art or design or the equivalent will be considered. All applicants must have a B (3.0 GPA) or better average in undergraduate major courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission for studio and design applicants.

We accept only Fall applicants, and the application deadline is February 1.

Complete the following M.F.A. checklist through the online application for The Graduate School at Notre Dame:

 ✓ Complete the general form information
✓ Attach your statement of intent
✓ Attach your resume or curriculum vitae
✓ Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted
✓ Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
✓ Submit the $75 application fee by credit card, check, or money order

Additionally, but separately, submit the following:

✓ Submit 20 images (or other applicable media) through SlideRoom ($10 fee to submit a portfolio) - Opens in October 

For International Applicants:

✓ Attach an original-language and an unofficial (i.e. notarized) English translation of each transcript through the online application. If accepted, an official transcript is required.

For Non-native English Speakers::

✓ Non-native English speakers must also submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test via the online application. Students in China may submit the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution.

  • If you are taking the TOEFL IBT, then the minimum score is a total of 80 points, with a minimum of 23 on the Speaking section.

  • If you are taking the IELTS, the minimum score is 7.0.

  • If you are taking the Duolingo English Test, the minimum score is 120.

  • If you are taking the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution, the minimum score is a total of 550.

*The Graduate School will waive the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test requirement for non-native English speakers who spent a minimum of two academic years at an academic institution whose primary language of instruction was English. If that is not obvious, a letter from the Registrar’s Office (or the office responsible for academic records) confirming English as the language of instruction is required.

Application Deadline

February 1