Art & Design

MFA Visual Arts Application Information


Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.


Rutgers University Application: January 7
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 14

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • University questionnaire
  • Request for transcripts (completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university is a required prerequisite)
    • Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar’s office of the undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was awarded.
      Transcripts can be sent:
      • Via Mail:
        Administrative Services Building
        ATTN: Graduate & Professional Admissions
        65 Davidson Road
        Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
      • Via Email:
  • English proficiency test scores (international applicants)
    • TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO: A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language, Standard or At-Home), an IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or a DUOLINGO test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country.
      • Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.
      • Your application will not be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee if your test scores are not submitted.
      • Minimum scores for admission are as follows:
        • TOEFL computer based or home based: 83
        • Duolingo: 110
        • IELTS: bandwidth 7
        • TOEFL paper based: 550
      • EXEMPTIONS: Permanent Residents, Green-Card holders, and US citizens are exempt from the language test requirement. If you have completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. or any other English-speaking country, you are also exempt from the language test requirement. There are no other exemptions.

Mason Gross Supplemental Application


  • $15 SlideRoom fee
  • Art & Design Questionnaire
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Resume/CV

Personal Statement

In 500-1,000 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.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Select recommenders who have a full grasp of you and your work.
  • Select at least one recommender from an academic institution.
  • Notify your recommenders from at the start of your application process to ensure they are on the lookout for the SlideRoom email and that recommendations are received by the deadline.

Portfolio Requirements

The portfolio should show your experience skills and interests as a form-giver. You may include works created under academic guidance, by commission or through self-driven research. Please provide examples of the full range of your recent practice, whether focused or diverse.

  1. Please submit 20 images that represent the range of your work as a designer. Detail shots can be included.
    Each image/work should be captioned with:
    • Name
    • Image number
    • Title
    • Dimensions
    • Materials
    • Brief description
    • Date
  2. Limit each time-based work (if any) to 10 minutes. 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. Limit images to 5 MB each and videos to 250 MB each.
  4. Information on acceptable SlideRoom file formats


Finalists will be contacted directly by mid-February if invited to interview. Interview day will be hosted on campus in New Brunswick, NJ on Friday, March 4, 2022. Finalists who cannot attend the on-campus event will be scheduled to interview virtually.

Fellowship Information

Do I need to complete a separate application for the MFA Fellowship in Visual Arts?
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, U.S. 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. Mason Gross is part of a public university; U.S. students are highly encouraged  to apply for federal aid by filling out the FAFSA.

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