The programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree provide professional training in art, creative writing, and theatre. The M.F.A. is one of two terminal degrees in the arts. (The other is the research-oriented Ph.D.) The M.F.A. is a 48- to 60-credit degree and usually requires two to three years to complete.
The greater number of credits in the major should be at the 500 level, but the needs of the student will be considered in arranging the best combination of courses and research for preparing the candidate in a particular field.
A professional creative project is required. This project will include a monograph (an artist's statement for the M.F.A. in studio art) in support of the creative or interpretative aspect of the program. Continuance in the program is dependent upon the student's academic and artistic progress as evaluated at the end of each semester.