The MFA Program is highly competitive and accepts a limited number of students each year. The Faculty meets as a group to view portfolios, assess compatibility and look for achievements within the artists’ field of work.

All supporting materials, besides transcripts, must be electronically submitted by Feb. 15th for full consideration.

A list of required materials are: 

Application.  The application is available online for a non-refundable application fee of $60 please go to the Graduate School site.   The School of Art does not accept paper applications, only the electronic version.

Any application which is received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis.

Current Resume/CV.

Artist Statement. Prepare an artist statement addressing your work, including what you see as your major issues. The statement should intend to explain, justify, extend, and/or contextualize your own body of work. It should place or attempt to place the work in relationship to art history, critical theory, and the contemporary art world; it is therefore didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature. Further, the statement shows that you are conscious of your intentions, aware of your practice and its position within art parameters and of the discourse surrounding it. Therefore, not only should it describe and place, but it should indicate the level of your own comprehension of the field and making. Consider this paper to be a comprehensive and serious statement of your work to date, and it will be seen as part of your total presentation during the application review process. The statement is not optional.

Image/Art Portfolio. Please upload one single PDF with up to twenty images representative of your most current work. Admission to the MFA program is highly competitive and consideration by the faculty of the quality of your work (as represented by images of good quality) is a very important factor. 

Official Transcripts. You will not need to provide transcripts for credits prior to obtaining your undergraduate degree, if those credits and grades appear on the undergraduate transcript. Official transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to: MSU, School of Art, 213 Haynes Hall, P.O. Box 173680, Bozeman MT 59717. Please let us know you are applying to the MFA program before sending transcripts, so we know to expect the documents.  Unoffical transcripts may be uploaded by the applicant during the application process and the application will be reviewed, however no official action can be taken until official copies are received. Undergraduate alumni of MSU-Bozeman do not need to submit official MSU transcripts, however uploading unofficial transcripts during the application process is helpful.

Three (3) Professional References. During this online process, you will be asked to provide information about your references. This electronic process will prompt each reference to submit a signed reference letter and complete a recommendation form. The required letters should address your capacity and ability to pursue a graduate program.

Personal Statement or additional supporting materials – optional.

International students. In addition to the above, international applicants will be required to submit a variety of additional documentation including English proficiency scores. Please see the International application process page for further information.

The Master of Fine Arts is a project based, non-media specific curriculum that focuses on individual artistic development and creative leadership. The program brings together talented individuals from a variety of different media building a community that fosters exploration, professionalism and creative success.

Each semester students develop, propose and execute projects; the development and iteration of these projects is a creative act in itself and a core concept of the program. The goal is twofold, to center the graduate experience in the conceptual and production processes of sophisticated art making, and to graduate individuals who are capable of successfully developing, organizing and executing complex artistic/entrepreneurial endeavors.  Projects based in all traditional fine art media along with environmental art, new media and installation can be accommodated.

The School of Art offers state of the art facilities for intensive graduate study. The 6000 square ft. Melvin Graduate Studios provides spacious light-filled studios with mountain views and a large gallery for student exhibitions. With a working kitchen, and 12 semi-private studios, you will feel right at home.  Students have the space to work on large wall works or enjoy the ample floor space for 3-D art making. The facility includes a wood shop with a band saw, table saw, and drill press as well as electric, gas, and woodfired kilns for cereamics. The Graduate Art Studio also provides Wi-Fi Internet access.

NOTE: If you are not a Montana resident, you may be eligible for 150% of in-state tuition under the WRGP-WICHE program. The receipt of a WRGP tuition change is not automatic and is subject to an additional review by the Graduate School and the College of Arts & Architecture. If you would like to be nominated to receive one of these limited spots, please request consideration on the bottom of page 7 (check box) of the online application. Then on page 8 upload a brief memo explaining why you feel you should be nominated. If awarded, you will be notified at the time of admission.

If you have any further questions, please contact the MFA Coordinator, Rollin Beamish, at 

Graduate Students

 Alex Botelho | BA - University of Alaska Southeast |3rd year

Handmade ceramic bowlsHand-made vase and cupHand-made mugsUntitled Alex Botelho's stampHand-made ceramic plate

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Laurel McKay | BA - Humbolt State University | 3rd year

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Casey Figueroa | BA - Univeristy of Massachusetts at Dartmouth | 3rd year

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 Angela Yonke | BFA and BA - Western Michigan University | 2nd year 

Mixed Media Mamma: Healing PortraitJennifer, Burnt Dream Series Rat Trap Clay ClubMixed Media Hands & Gesture

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 Thomas Pomarico | BA - Universtiy of Michigan-Ann Arbor | 2nd year

Blue Spirit (2017)--Thomas Pomarico Horse Face (2017)--Thomas Pomarico Zach (2018)--Thomas Pomarico Self Portrait (2018)Greenbush Brewery (2016)--Thomas Pomarico Short's Brewery (2016)--Thomas Pomarico

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 Heather Schroeder | BA - University of Wisconsin-Green Bay | 2nd year 


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Myung Ahn | BA - Humboldt State University | 1st year

Clay SpeaksUntitledLiminal SpaceMyung Ahn artworkMyung Ahn artworkMyung Ahn artworkMyung Ahn artworkMyung Ahn artworkMyung Ahn artwork

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Melanie Moralez | BA - University of Minnesota | 1st year

Shellac Song 1Melanie Moralez artworkMelanie Moralez artworkMelanie Moralez artworkMelanie Moralez artworkMelanie Moralez artworkMelanie Moralez artwork

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Rebecca Madsen | BA in Theater Arts- Loyola Marymount University | 1st year

"Oh, I didn't hurt your feelings, did I?"untitleduntitlednever drink the juicedip don't pouralways be a little hungryMonopolyUntitledUntitledUntitled

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Elizabeth Anthony | BA - Williams College | JD - UCLA 1st year

Metro LineQueueSelf-Portrait with KT TapeStacey AbramsTranscendentRedevelopmentAny Minute Now

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