Information regarding the application process can be found here(PDF). All applicants to the MFA program must submit a portfolio of recent work. This portfolio should demonstrate a cohesive body of work on the part of the applicant and should convey to the faculty a strong sense of the conceptual, formal and theoretical issues being explored by the applicant. Above all, we are interested in applicants who display a strong understanding of contemporary art practices both in the way in which they approach the medium in which they work(painting, sculpture, etc) and in the conceptual and formal issues being explored in the work. Applications are sent to the University Graduate school, not directly to the Department of Art, information on submitting applications can be found here.


Campus Visits

Potential applicants may arrange to visit the department for individual tours at any time during the academic year (September - May). To arrange a visit, contact:

Professor Justin Strom

Director of Graduate Studies



Contact the Director of Graduate Studies:

To arrange a visit, or inquire about the application process, email Prof Strom:


Information for Prospective Students:

Applications are due Jan. 17th, and are reviewed in early-mid February, and applicants are typically notified as to application status in late February or early March. To inquire about your application status, contact:

Danielle Curtis

Administrative Assistant, MFA Program





Application Information and Processes:

Applications Due: Jan. 17th, 2019

Application Requirements

Apply for Graduate Study (external link to the University Graduate School application page)

General Academic Policies of the Graduate School at UMD


Fellowships, Assistantships & Financial Aid:

The Department of Art offers numerous fellowships, and Graudate Assistant positions. These positions and awards carry with them full or partial tuition remission as well as an annual stipend. Admission to the Graduate Program is a prerequisite for the award of a teaching assistantship or fellowship. Please make certain that all required documents for your application for admission, as well as the appropriate application for financial aid, have been submitted. Some awards are made on the basis of the applicant's academic merit (GPA), others on the basis of need or ability to contribute to the program.

The University of Maryland recognizes the high cost of education today and makes every effort to offer financial assistance to qualified students through a variety of programs. There are three campus units which administer the primary forms of financial support: The Graduate School, the individual Department, and the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Graduate School processes applications for University of Maryland Fellowships and Maryland State Diversity Grants. The Diversity Grants are offered only to students who are Maryland residents. Applications are made directly to the Graduate School and not to the Department. The individual programs(departments) award Graduate Teaching Assistantships and nominate students for Graduate Fellowships.

The Office of Student Financial Aid processes College Work-Study and National Direct Student Loans.

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