MFA DEGREE ADMISSIONS
Refer also to the application requirements available from the Office of Graduate Education.
The MFA degree offers the following specializations: ceramics, drawing and painting, electronic arts, glass, fiber, print media (digital imaging, photography and printmaking) and sculpture. Applicants must designate the area to which they are applying. Applicants must have a BFA degree or equivalent, evidenced by 75 undergraduate semester credits in the field of art. This should include 12 credits of art history and a sound preparation in the studio specialization the student intends to pursue as designated on the application.
The Department acknowledges that some MFA applicants many not fit traditional criteria and will consider exceptional bachelor's degree recipients who exhibit relevant backgrounds, strong commitment, and distinct potential in the arts. Applicants with nontraditionally graded undergraduate or graduate transcripts must submit GRE scores and course performance report forms if the transcript contains 25 percent or more of the applicant's credit hours. The application period is from October 1 to January 15. Admission is for the Fall semesters only.
The application process consists of two main components:
1. Applicants should submit the following documents directly to the Office of Graduate Education along with the application fee. Complete instructions can be found here. Please note that copies of transcripts, faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered to ART will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded from the Office of Graduate Education to the ART for review.
• A completed application. The online application can be accessed here. The paper application form can be downloaded here.
• Academic transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the academic institution of origin to the University of Hawaii's Office of Graduate Education. Applicants may submit unofficial copies of transcripts while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official transcripts in order to enroll at UHM.
• (Applicants with nontraditionally graded undergraduate or graduate transcripts only) Submit GRE scores and course performance report forms if the transcript contains 25 percent or more of the applicant's credit hours.
• If applicable*, TOEFL scores. The Office of Graduate Education requires the TOEFL or IELTS (academic) tests from applicants who are not native speakers of English. Applicants may submit unofficial scores while applying for admission. However, admitted students are required to submit official scores in order to enroll at UHM. Official scores should be sent directly to Office of Graduate Education Student Services. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867. Test scores cannot be more than two years old. The minimum required scores for admission to the MFA program are:
- TOEFL: 600/100 (paper/Internet), with subtest scores of 25 for listening and 25 for speaking.
- IELTS: 7.00 overall results.
*Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS if they are native speakers of English or have received within the last five years a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited/recognized college or university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
2. The department requires special supporting materials that must be submitted via slideroom An application fee of $10 will be applied. These supporting materials include:
• Statement of Objectives (maximum 1,500 characters)
• Designation of Area of Specialization
• A minimum of three letters of recommendation from art educators, professionals in the field, and/or individuals who have worked closely with the applicant in art related activities and are well acquainted with the applicant's studio art efforts
• 20 examples of original work that illustrate abilities in an area of specialization, as well as potential for development within the scope of the department's facilities and personnel.
Deficient or incomplete undergraduate preparation may result in additional course work beyond the 60 credits of the MFA degree, at the discretion of the student's Faculty Adviser and the Graduate Chair.
If the applicant would like to be considered for Graduate Assistantships guidelines are downloadable from this page. Applications from incoming MFA students are accepted through slideroom at the time of application to the MFA degree program. Incoming MA and continuing MA & MFA students should apply in accordance with the instructions and deadlines found on the Application Form on this page. Student are encouraged to apply for all GA positions they are qualified, not only those in their areas of specialization.
For Information on International Students.