Department of Art & Art History

MFA Application Procedures


An undergraduate degree, equivalent to a BFA degree in Art Studio from CSU Chico is required. No graduate credit is given to classes taken to make up any undergraduate deficiencies. Applicants must meet all University Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the requirements of The Department of Art & Art History.

On the approval of the Graduate Advisor and faculty of student's pattern area, up to 18.0 units of accredited graduate level work may be transferred from another institution towards this 60-unit program. Applicants holding an MA degree in Studio Art from an accredited institution may transfer and count towards the MFA up to 27 units from their previous degree program upon review and recommendation by the graduate advisor and the faculty members in the pattern area, and within the seven-year time limit. No course work from another degree program other than a masters in Studio Art may be applied towards the MFA requirements .

Please Note: Applicants must apply online at Cal State Apply by the appropriate application deadline. Application and admission questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies, at 530-898-6880 or email



March 1st for Fall semester entry.

October 1st for Spring semester entry.

Application Materials

  1. CSU Chico Application: in new window)
  2. $70 application fee, payable online only through Cal State Apply. 
  3. Art Department Application packet containing the following:
    1. A digital portfolio of no more than 20 images of your studio work saved as a PDF. Title, medium, dimensions, and a date for each work must be included in the portfolio.
    2. Submit a current and updated resume.
    3. A Statement of Purpose: A written philosophical statement of intention (two pages, double spaced). This essay should describe the physical and thematic nature of the work included in the applicants portfolio, and its relation to contemporary art issues. The essay should also include reasons for pursuing graduate study at CSU Chico. (The applicant's writing skills in the discipline will be evaluated using this writing sample).
    4. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to testify to the applicant's capabilities and readiness to enter graduate study in studio art.
    5. All departmental application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies through Cal State Apply.

Notification will take place by mid April for Fall admission, and by early December for Spring Admission.