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MFA Admission Requirements

MFA applicants must have an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (BA, BFA, or BS). Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA overall.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15th, 2021  

Applications uploaded after the January 15th deadline will not be considered.  From the pool of applicants we receive, we will accept some students for the fall and some for the following spring.  If you are accepted for the fall, you may have the option to defer to the spring, but if you are accepted for the spring, you must start in the spring.

The MFA program is offered in six concentrations, of which you must select only one: 

1. Painting
2. Photography
3. Printmaking/Drawing/Works on Paper
4. Sculpture
5. Clay and Casting
6. New Genres (Installation, Performance and Video)

The application process includes the following:

  1. General application ($75.00 fee)
  2. A statement of purpose describing work, your goals, and how attending Hunter will help you achieve those goals.
  3. Transcripts from accredited undergraduate institution. (For details on transcripts, including requirements for non-US institutions, contact Graduate Admissions: )
  4. Two letters of recommendation from former instructors, preferably professors who teach studio art.
  5. TOEFL/IELTS score (if applicable). Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • TOEFL iBT: 80 (Overall score – Speaking Component = minimum 60 for the TOEFL iBT)
        • Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Based Test: 213
      • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score
        Applicants may be required to submit an essay written in English, and/or complete a course in the English Department before being permitted to matriculate in the Studio Program.
  6. 10 Images (and or three minutes of video) submitted via Slideroom ($10.00 fee)

To complete the application, you will need to fill out the Hunter College Graduate Application for Admission here:

You will also need to upload your portfolio at where you will be provided specific instructions about requirements for all work submitted online.

If you have any questions about your submission, please contact our office at
(212) 772-4995 or

Prospective Students / Visiting 205 Hudson Street

Info sessions are available via Zoom on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – 11 am

Monday, December 7, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Register to attend an info session here:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting in-person tours at 205 Hudson Street. The Zoom info sessions will show the studio facilities and answer questions about the program. 



Those selected for an interview will be contacted by the Department of Art and Art History by early March. Please do not inquire about the status of your application.

Tuition and Fees

Students must pay tuition and fees in full at the time of registration.  Financial arrangements for the payment of tuition and fees must be made by the student prior to registration. More information about tuition and fees can be found at: