MFA, MA, and PhD Programs to Apply for by Early 2023

Northeastern United States

Bard Graduate Center
Through its MA and PhD programs in Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, this NYC institution has trained curators, researchers, educators, and museum and arts professionals for over 25 years.

Brooklyn College
The affordable Performance and Interactive Media Arts program emphasizes a multidisciplinary course of study, marrying art and tech with mentoring by professors in art, film, music, and theater.

Carnegie Mellon University
Experiment and take risks in this top-ranked interdisciplinary MFA program, where all students receive generous, guaranteed financial support in the form of partial or full tuition scholarships.

CCS Bard
Students in this two-year graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, enjoy access to the Hessel Museum of Art, the CCS Bard Library and Archives, and opportunities to curate in practice.

Columbia University
Applications are now being accepted for the MFA Visual Arts and Sound Art Programs at Columbia University School of the Arts.

George Washington University
Students in the Exhibition Design program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design choreograph, design, and innovate exhibitions, connecting people through material expression and activism.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Students in MassArt’s MFA in 2D and 3D Fine Arts programs work in a collaborative studio environment with a faculty of practicing artists and premier facilities in the heart of Boston.

New York Studio School
Expand your practice with NYSS’s MFA, Certificate, or Virtual Certificate programs and join a studio-focused community of dedicated artists for rigorous full-time study in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

School of Visual Arts
SVA’s New York-based, globally linked, practice-focused MA curatorial program for professionals offers students many opportunities, such as the ability to produce three funded exhibitions. Read more on Hyperallergic.

University at Buffalo
Funding options at UB include full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, and additional opportunities for MA students.

University of the Arts
Based in Philadelphia, UArts offers graduate programs in a variety of fields including Art Education, Book Arts & Printmaking, Dance, Museum Studies, Museum Exhibition Planning & Design, and more.

University of Connecticut
This fully funded, three-year MFA program in Southern New England culminates with a show in an NYC gallery and an on-campus thesis exhibition.

Southern United States

University of Louisville
Every MFA student at the Hite Institute of Art + Design receives a generous scholarship, a private studio, and financial support for travel, research, and creative activity.

University of Texas at Dallas
Transformational experiences are the norm at AHT (the School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology). In their labs, studios, and classrooms, faculty luminaries foster artistry, cultivate techniques, and stretch imaginations.

Washington University in St. Louis
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’s interdisciplinary MFA in Visual Art (MFA-VA) and MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture (MFA-IVC) prioritize rigorous inquiry, intellectual generosity, and professional preparedness.

Midwestern United States

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook is for those looking to graduate from their MFA or M.Arch program with a diverse set of options, such as working in the art industry, launching an academic career, or opening their own studio practice.

Herron School of Art and Design
With 10 core faculty members committed to a small cohort of up to 10 candidates, this program at IUPUI in Indianapolis fosters close mentorship and a strong sense of community.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SAIC’s Master of Fine Arts in Printmedia program encourages experimentation and material exploration to expand the definition of contemporary print.

University of Illinois
A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available for candidates pursuing advanced degrees in Studio, Graphic or Industrial Design, Art Education, and Art History.

Western United States

Arizona State University
ASU’s top-ranked MFA program, which includes a three-year teaching assistantship, values how diversity and creative thinking advance research, and takes responsibility for the public it serves.

California Institute of the Arts
For the past 50 years, the CalArts community has brought together every discipline in the arts with the ethic that artists are stronger together.

Institute of American Indian Arts
The unique Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (MFASA) at the Institute of American Indian Arts offers mentorships with world-renowned Indigenous artists, flexible schedules, and access to one of the US’s cultural capitols.

University of New Mexico
With field-based residency sites across the Americas and generous scholarship support, students in UNM’s new Confluence MFA concentration can live anywhere in the world while working on their degrees.


John Cabot University
This unique graduate program at a US-accredited university based in Italy offers students the opportunity to live in Rome while pursuing their MA in Art History.

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