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  • Master of Fine Art (MFA)

    Concentrations in Drawing & Painting/Printmaking/Graphic Design/Illustration/ Photography/Clay/ Metals/ Sculpture/ Computer Arts

    The MFA Program
    The Art Department offers a 60-credit Master of Fine Art (MFA) degree program. The MFA is the terminal degree required for those who wish to pursue a college or university teaching position and is the predominant degree track for those pursuing professional studies in Art and Design. The MFA is designed to offer our students a thesis track in studio art courses in either a single discipline, such as Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Printmaking, etc, or the flexibility to conduct their projects in multiple disciplines. The core of the program is structured around self-initiated/faculty directed studio work, group critique, and Art theory courses. Course descriptions may be found in the NJCU Graduate catalogue (http://www.njcu.edu/graduate/pdf/catalog.pdf).  

    Our Graduate program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time/working students. Most classes are offered in the evenings and some meet at individually scheduled times. Each MFA student receives a studio and access to all the main classroom workshops.


    To Apply: 

    Application for admission is done through the NJCU Office of Graduate Studies.
    Online application is also available at: http://www.njcu.edu/graduate_app/login.asp 

    NOTE:  There is no requirement for the GRE or MAT when applying to the MFA.

    General Admission Requirements:

    1. An application for admission to graduate study and an application for matriculation.
    2. A non-refundable graduate application fee of $55.
    3. A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing your area of planned study.  This will also serve as a writing sample.
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.
    1. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from previous instructors or professionals in Art, sent directly from those making the recommendations.
    2. International students have additional admission requirements; see the Graduate Studies webpage for details.

    Portfolio Requirement:

    In addition to submitting the application forms, the Art Department requires that each applicant submit a resume and a portfolio, containing 20 images of art/design works you have completed. The portfolio images may be presented in digital form (jpegs on a CD/DVD; PDF portfolio; URL link to an online portfolio/website). Do not send original artwork. The Art Department graduate faculty reviews portfolios on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year. All portfolios (or portfolio site links) should be sent to: Martin Kruck, Graduate Coordinator, Art Department, New Jersey City University, 100 Culver Ave.  Jersey City, NJ, 07305  Email: mkruck@njcu.edu