Offered by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, the Master of Fine Arts program is both rigorous and highly selective as it prepares you for a career as a professional artist.

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Recently ranked one of the top 10 most influential Master of Fine Arts programs in the world, the M.F.A. curriculum integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines. You'll hone your practice through individual innovation, creative collaborations, informal mentorships and academic discourse.

Graduate studio courses are taught at SMFA's Mission Hill Building, 160 St. Alphonsus Street, about a ten minute walk from the main SMFA at Tufts campus. M.F.A. students have semi-private studio space and access to the SMFA's faculty and equipment.

In this program you will complete 60 credits, including studio, four graduate seminars and two art history and two academic electives at the upper or graduate level at Tufts University.

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Jeannie Simms, Director, Master of Fine Arts Program
Lisa Bynoe, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

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In addition to the general application requirements, the M.F.A. program requires the following supplemental information.

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Application Deadline

The application deadline for fall enrollment is January 15*.

*Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis. 


  • All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree, such as a B.A. or B.F.A., from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • All applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates artistic maturity and readiness for their M.F.A. studies.


Students must submit 10-15, pieces of their recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. It's important to make sure that the work represents your strengths and interests, and represent your current skills and experiences.

Portfolios must be submitted online through Slideroom. Like the online application, you will need to create a user account. Once this is created, you will be able to view all of your portfolio submissions in one location.

This is a quick drag and drop process, which allows you to submit images, video, audio, models, and more. It will also allow you to embed media from other sites, like Vimeo, YouTube, Soundcloud, and Dropbox.


Applicants must submit a resume that chronologically outlines your background in the arts. This should include exhibitions and awards, as well as professional experiences and related activities, such as research.

Personal Essay

The personal essay should not exceed three pages and should address the following questions:

  • Tell us about your most recent/current art work. 
  • What would you identify as important artistic and intellectual influences on your art work? In addition to artists, this might also include writers, scientists, theorists, and other cultural producers. 
  • In what ways do you hope to expand and further your art practice at SMFA at Tufts?

Standardized Test Scores: Not Required

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is not required for the Master of Fine Arts program.

International Students

A minimum TOEFL score of 85 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission

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For questions about the M.F.A. program, please contact Lennon Wolcott, Assistant Director of Admissions, SMFA at Tufts.

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