Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Program Overview


The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree in the field of fine arts. It involves a minimum of 60 credits of course work in a full-time residency program. Edinboro University currently offers MFA degree programs in Ceramics, Jewelry/Metal-smithing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

As a full-time residency program, the MFA provides an opportunity for concentrated studio work under the advisement of professional artists. The program is primarily designed for persons seeking careers as studio artists. Some graduates pursue careers as arts administrators, gallery directors, or educators at the college and university level. Studies in the program include courses in the major studio area (30 credits), a secondary studio area (6 credits), art history and theory (9 credits), elective studies (9 credits), MFA seminar (3 credits) and Thesis Exhibition (3 credits).

Students in the MFA program are provided individual or shared studio space. The constant interaction with the art faculty and other students creates an intense artistic and academic experience. These resources prove to be of great value for achieving further goals in the art field. Admission to the MFA program is selective, and is largely based upon a portfolio review and can include a personal interview. Interested students are advised to visit the Edinboro campus and discuss the program with the faculty and students prior to formal application. Admission to the MFA program guarantees a Graduate Assistantship.


To apply for admission to the MFA program, you must have a bachelor of fine arts degree in the area of intended study or one comparable. Applicants must submit 20 digital images of recent artwork on a CD (please do not email images), three letters of recommendation (preferably two from faculty members you have worked with), transcripts, a letter of intent and a completed online application form. International students must take the Toefl test to assess your English speaking abilities. An on-campus interview, although not required, is recommended. Keep in mind that the quality of artwork submitted is the main criteria for selecting or denying an application. Please note that the deadline for application to the MFA program is January 15th. The CD of images (in jpeg format) must be postmarked on or before January 15th. Include an image sheet that lists the title, media, size and date of the artwork. The graduate office must receive the application materials no later than January 15th of each year, for admission to the following Fall term. Later applications will be considered if space is available in the program.CD's will not be returned unless the applicant submits a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

To apply for admission to the MA program, you must be a graduate of a bachelors degree program in the area of intended study or one comparable, submit 10 digital images on a CD in jpeg format of recent artwork, three letters of recommendation (preferably two from faculty members you have worked with), transcripts and a completed online application. Please note that the deadline for application to the MA program is January 15th.

MA, Concentration in Art Education

The Master in Art with a concentration in Art Education is oriented to teaching of art and leadership in elementary and secondary schools. The Art Education program is designed to provide a deeper social and contextual understanding of the teaching of art and promoting leadership in the schools and within the field of art education.

Students who have a baccalaureate degree in art education or other appropriate baccalaureate, and hold certification to teach art, will complete 30 semester hours of graduate work. Course work is rooted in theory and reflects current directions and literature in the field. The field of art education, in the contemporary world, touches upon many diverse content areas, such as psychology, humanities, and interdisciplinary studies, as well as the more traditional content areas such as studio and art history.

Admission Requirements: All admission materials should be sent to: School of Graduate Studies, Biggers House,148 Meadville Street, Edinboro, PA 16444 or via email gradstudies@edinboro.edu or via fax 814-732-2611.

Individuals seeking admission as degree students in this curriculum must comply with the general admission requirements for graduate studies at Edinboro University.

1. Complete the online graduate application online.edinboro.edu

2. Application fee of $30 (if not a former EUP student), or $7 (if a former EUP student).

3. An official transcript verifying an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

4. Copy of a valid teaching certificate in art.

5. Minimum 2.8 overall QPA. Additional information may be requested if QPA is below a 2.80.


Edinboro University operates on two semesters of fifteen weeks duration. Summer courses meet from three to six weeks in two or three sessions. During the academic year, studio courses meet for 6 hours per week; academic courses meet 3 hours per week. Art studios are generally available to Graduate Students, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Our main gallery, Bruce Gallery, hosts visiting exhibitions from artists nationwide. The exhibitions range in media and rotate monthly during the academic year. Graduate students are able to utilize the gallery during the summer for their thesis exhibition. Also, Bates Gallery and Hamilton Gallery are two spaces for students to exhibit artwork on campus. These galleries are open to student jurying for exhibitions each semester.

If you would like know more about what current graduate students are up visit the following link to their blog EUP Art Grads.