How to Apply


The Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Design, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Arts. Mason Gross School of the Arts also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) art major and art minor to Rutgers University students enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences. To learn more about each program, click here.

To apply to the BFA, BA, or MFA in Visual Arts program, applicants must first submit the Rutgers University application. Five business days after submitting the university application, applicants will be emailed the link to submit their portfolio. To review the deadlines to apply, click here.

Please use the checklists below for each program's application requirements:


Rutgers Undergraduate Application

•$70 Rutgers application fee

Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)- for current high school students

GED results (for those that earned a GED)

SAT or ACT scores- use school code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

•Official transcripts (transfer applicants only)

•High School transcripts (transfer applicants only)

English Proficiency Test results (if required)

•Submit your portfolio online  – link emailed to applicants after university application is submitted

File FASFA - although not required, we strongly encourage students file a FASFA to Rutgers by the priority deadline December 1 (first year) or February 1 (transfer).

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Current & Former Rutgers Students Checklist:

Mason Gross School of the Arts reviews current and former Rutgers students for the BFA in Visual Arts and BFA in Design for both Spring and Fall semester starts. Students interested in pursuing the BA will be reviewed for a Fall semester start only.

Applicants applying to the BFA program who are currently or were formerly a Rutgers University student (at any Undergraduate school) should follow the checklist below:

•Email to be sent the link to submit your visual arts portfolio by NOVEMBER 15, 2018 for a Spring 2019 start or DECEMBER 1, 2018 for a Fall 2019 start

•Complete School to School Transfer application (for students currently enrolled at Rutgers University)

•Complete Re-Enrollment Application(for students formerly enrolled at a school within Rutgers University)

Note: The School to School Transfer application and the Re-Enrollment application will not be available until February 1st. If you wait to complete the university application, you will miss the portfolio deadline. Therefore, please email to start your visual arts portfolio during the Fall semester.

Students applying to the BA program who are currently enrolled at Rutgers University should email for the link to submit a portfolio.

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The two year full-time 60-credit MFA degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, and printmaking. Please review a sample course catalogue here. Each graduate student at Mason Gross receives private studio space that is available year-round, 24 hours a day, for the duration of their study.  


All accepted students (domestic and international) of the Mason Gross Visual Arts Graduate Program will be recipients of Mason Gross Visual Arts Graduate Fellowships. There are no additional applications or requirements necessary to qualify. For the first year, the fellowship will be the equivalent of out-of-state tuition. In the second year, the fellowship will be the equivalent of in-state tuition. For International Students the fellowship will be the equivalent of out-of-state tuition for both years of the program.

For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Out-of-State Tuition is $28,800 and In-State Tuition is $18,216. 



    Fee: Non-refundable $70 application fee

    1. University Questionaire
    2. Personal Statement (see specifications below)
    3. Request for Transcripts (completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university is a required pre-requeisite)
    4. Email addresses for three recommenders
    5. Request for Test Scores (International Students only)

    Personal Statement
    In 300-500 words, discuss your creative practice within a personal and critical context. Please include why you believe graduate study at Mason Gross will contribute to reaching your artistic growth and personal/professional goals.

    Rutgers University Application login:

    Additional Information on the University Application process and requirements



    1. Letters of Recommendation (see specifications below)
    2. Official Transcripts (see specifications below)
    3. Test Scores (International Students Only)

    Letters of Recommendation
    -Provide three (3) letters of recommendation
    -In your University Application, you will be asked to provide email addresses for three recommenders.
    -Your recommenders will be sent a link to upload their letters of recommendation via the Rutgers Graduate Admissions Recommendation Website.
    -At least one recommendation should come from a contact from an academic institution. Select recommenders who have a full grasp of you and your work.
    -Notify those you intend to request recommendations from at the start of your application process to ensure they are on the lookout for the Rutgers email and that recommendations are received by the appropriate deadline.

    Official Transcripts should be mailed to:
    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
    56 College Avenue
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-08541 U.S.A

    Test Scores
    -A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master's-level degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking country you must still take the TOEFL or IELTS test.
    -Scores must be current within 2 years of the semester to which students are applying.
    -TOEFL Internet (iBT)* preferred: 83 with a minimum of 22 on the writing, 23 on the speaking, 21 on the reading, and 17 on the listening portions of the TOEFL iBT exam.
    -TOEFL (PBT) 575 with a minimum of 5 on the TWE and/or 61 on the written expression section of the TOEFL PBT exam.
    -IELTS: 7.0 with aminimum of 6.5 on the writing portion of the IELTS exam.


    Requirements for International Students:


    FEE: Pay non-refundable $50 SlideRoom fee
    NOTE: You must complete the Rutgers Graduate Application before submitting your Visual Arts Application and Portfolio. You will be sent a link to the Visual Arts SlideRoom application within 2 business days of submission of your Graduate Admission Application.

    1. Art & Design Department Questionaire
    2. Personal Statement (please upload the essay you used for your University Application)
    3. Portfolio (see requirements below)
    4. Resume/CV (please include current and recent employment, artistic involvement, and related skills/experience)

    The MFA in Visual Arts Program offers students the opportunity to explore and develop the full breadth of their artistic practice and interests through our interdisciplinary program. When choosing your portfolio, please provide examples of the full score of your recent practice, whether a single medium or cross-disciplinary as appropriate.

    1. Please submit images of 20 works creaetd within the last two years, detail shots can be included.
    Each image/work should be captioned with:
    •Image number
    •Brief Description
    2. For time based work, please submit between 5-10 videos. These may be up to 10 minutes each. Links to Vimeo and YouTube files are acceptable. When applicable, please provide passwords for protected links to ensure your files are accessible to reviewers.
    3. Images can be up to 5 MB each and Videos can be up to 250 MB each.
    4. For acceptable SlideRoom file formats, click here.

    Finalists will be contacted by mid-February to schedule in-person interviews at Mason Gross or Skype interviews in March.



  • FAQs

    Do I need to complete a separate application for the MFA Fellowship?
    No- your application to the program automatically places you under consideration.

    What does the Fellowship cover?
    ALL graduate students receive fellowships equivalent to Out of State Tuition in their first year, regardless of residency status.
    In the second year of the program, US citizens receive the equivalent to In State Tuition: International students receive Out of State Tuition. Note: the fellowship covers tuition only.

    I'm international. How much of my tuition will be covered by the fellowship?
    As an international student, you will receive the equivalent of Out of State tuition for both years of the program.

    Does the department offer additional MFA scholarships to pay for fees and living expenses?
    No- but additional opportunities to earn income are available in the form of teaching opportunities (upon completion of a semester-long teaching mentorship under faculty supervision) and various jobs within the Department. Both opportunities are contingent on experience, expertise and position availability.

    Do you offer traditional TA positions?
    No- Effective Fall 2016 the Department has transitioned from a traditional TA model into this Fellowship model.

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