The Master of Fine Arts Degree is recognized as a terminal degree in studio art and as a normal requirement for studio art teaching positions at institutions of higher education. Through research and application in either a two-dimensional or three-dimensional concentration, the MFA degree offers a program of study that fosters intensive creative activity for professional artists and art educators. Students will have the opportunity to study art at an advanced level in an environment where the emphasis is on the study of art from a Christian world view.
These degrees are offered in studio art, which includes studies in two-dimensional arts such as painting and drawing, the three-dimensional arts including sculpture and ceramics, and graphic design.
Courses will normally be offered to allow completion of course work in two years plus one semester of full-time study, but actual completion of course requirements is dependent on course availability and the taking of required courses when offered. The Department of Art cannot guarantee a completion date for the degree.
The Thesis is offered only as a fall/spring sequence. Those not taking Studio Thesis I in the fall semester will be unable to begin the thesis in the following spring and will therefore begin the thesis in another fall/spring cycle.
Application for Full Admission
In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate Office, the applicant must comply with the following and have approval for admission from an appointed graduate art faculty review committee:
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts
1. Applicants interested in the M.F.A in Studio Art degree must provide the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies with the following:
a. An online application for Graduate Admission, located on the website: https://www.mc.edu/application/.
b. One official copy of all academic transcripts.
c. GRE Scores on file
d. A $35.00 application fee.
All admission documents above must be sent to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (Box 4067, Clinton, MS 39058).
2. The admission requirements below will be reviewed by an appointed Department of Art Graduate Admissions Review Committee and the Graduate Art Coordinator.
a. Applicants for the 60 hour M.F.A in Visual Arts must either hold an undergraduate degree in studio art with a major in either two-dimensional or three-dimensional art or earned the equivalent undergraduate preparation in art (contact the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Art for information on equivalency of preparation).
b. The Department of Art requires applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above.
c. GRE Requirement: Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination as part of the admission requirements. Regular admission requires the following scores: A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined. The GRE must be taken prior to earning six semester hours of graduate credit.
Students who have not obtained the necessary scores on the G.R.E. after one attempt may take ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists , or ART 6508 Research Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles and earn a grade of B or higher in lieu of the G.R.E. score requirement, or present a grade of B or higher for having taken one of these courses already.
d. Submit a formal statement of intent of 500-1,000 words setting forth a personal philosophy and professional objectives for the degree. The statement may be submitted in either a digital word-processing format to the Mississippi College Department of Art by electronic mail or submitted to the Department in printed form.
e. Complete a scheduled interview with the Graduate Studio Art Coordinator or Graduate Admissions Review Committee.
f. Provide a portfolio of artwork that reflects proficiency and preparation for graduate study in studio art. It should include painting, and drawing, for a two-dimensional emphasis or sculpture and ceramics for a three-dimensional emphasis. The portfolio must consist of a maximum of 20 images. The applicant may provide either a PDF of 20 digital images of artwork or 20 printed images. The PDF portfolio may be sent by email to email@example.com. A printed portfolio of images may be sent to Mr. Albert Smathers c/o Mississippi College Department of Art, P O Box 4020, Clinton, MS 39058. The portfolio will be reviewed by an appointed graduate committee and an admission decision will be made.
g. Note: It is the option of the graduate art faculty committee to require applicants to take specific undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to admission to the MFA in Visual Arts program.
h. Students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts graduate degree for the purpose of obtaining a standard AAA educator license are required to submit a copy of the appropriate VALID Mississippi standard A educator license along with the application.
International Student Admissions
International students must meet regular admission requirements as stated above. However, the following exceptions
to admissions procedures of Mississippi College may be made for international students applying for the Master of
3. The GRE score is required by the Graduate School but regular admission may be granted without the GRE
score. The GRE must be taken at least one time by all international students seeking the MFA prior to earning
six semester hours of graduate credit. Students who have not obtained the necessary scores on the G.R.E.
outlined above after one attempt may be admitted through the alternate admission requirement below:
Earn a grade of B or higher in one of two graduate research courses taken within the first 2 semesters
after entering the program: ART 6507 Research Topics in Art History: Artists , or ART 6508 Research
Topics in Art History: Periods or Styles .
4. The interview may take place upon arrival at Mississippi College.
Scholarships for Graduate Candidates
The Department of Art offers a limited number of scholarships for MFA candidates. Contact the Mississippi College Department of Art for details.
Additional scholarships and loans are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies or the Financial Aid Office.