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Degrees Offered

Program Area of Specialization
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Art


Program Description

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art

Art Studio
Art History

Program Description

Admission Application Instructions

  • Applying for admission to the graduate program in Art is a two-step process with an optional third step:
  1. First: Complete the Online Application ( As part of this process, applicants must do the following:
    1. Self-report all colleges and universities attended (including field and grade point average).
    2. International Students will submit the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam. (The requirement is to meet the minimal University of Montana score).  See the International Student Admission section on this web site.
    3. Reqest 3 Professional Letters of Recommendation
    4. Upload a 400-word, typed, double-spaced statement of intent clearly stating the area of specialization to which you are applying and the academic goals to be accomplished through graduate study at The University of Montana.
    5. Upload a resume (visual-arts related for the M.F.A.).
    6. For the M.A. Specialization in Art History upload an 8-10 page typed, double-spaced, art-history research paper that demonstrates critical thinking, research skills, and writing proficiency.
    7. Pay the application fee.
  2. Second: Additional application materials must be postmarked or hand delivered to the School of Art by the deadline or they will not be reviewed.  Note that application packets are not returned.
    • For the M.F.A. and M.A. Studio (See admission requirements)
      1. Official Transcripts
      2. One copy of a numerical inventory list to include title, dimensions, materials and date corresponding to the digital portfolio.
      3. A disc which includes the resume, statement, and inventory list as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file and a digital portfolio of 20 images using JPEG, 300 dpi, 6" high maximum, collated in a named folder or in a Power Point presentation. All portfolios will be viewed on a MAC platform.

        3.  Third (Optional) If the applicant is interested in being considered for a Teaching Assistantship, they must submit the following items in addition to their Graduate School application materials

    1. Cover letter of introduction and teaching interest
    2. TA Application Form
    3. 16 week syllabus with grading plan as a typed 8 1/2" x 11" white-paper document for one of the following foundations courses: Visual Language; Drawing Art 101, 2D Design Art 102, or Three-Dimensional Design Art 103.  If an applicant is interested in teaching a 200-level studio course please consult The University of Montana catalog for the School of Art course offerings and descriptions.  TA finalists may be interviewed by the School of Art selection committee.
    4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    5. OPTIONAL - Applicant may include 10 images of their students' works: JPEG, 300 dpi, 6" high maximum, collated in a named folder.
    6. NOTE: The Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (G580) is a required course for all teaching assistants, and is offered autumn semester only. Teaching assistants must complete the practicum course prior to teaching or must be enrolled in the practicum course while teaching.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - Complete application packet POSTMARKED or hand delivered by February 12.

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The School of Art
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive, FA 205
Missoula, MT 59812-5400

Phone: 406.243.4181
Fax: 406.243.4968