Graduate Admissions

DEADLINES:

MFA: February 15

GRADUATE ART EDUCATION PROGRAMS: March 1; October 15

Prospective graduate student visits for the School of Art can be scheduled online for Mondays and Wednesdays – 10am-12pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2pm-4pm with the School of Art graduate advisor Nikki Brugnoli.

If you have general questions about graduate studies at CVPA or need assistance with the CVPA graduate studies application process, please contact the CVPA Graduate Admissions Coordinator Stevie Otto artsgrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-5576.

MFA Application Process

In addition to meeting the general University requirements for admission for graduate study, candidates for the MFA must hold a BA or BFA degree. On applying, they must submit a portfolio, statement of intent and professional goals, and three letters of reference through SlideRoom. Access to SlideRoom will be given upon filing an application for the MFA or MA degrees in visual art via App Review.

Application Process

  1. Apply to George Mason University
  2. Submit certified copies of all undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.
  3. Provide a Statement of Intent and Professional Goals for entering the field.
  4. Provide three Letters of Reference (see Recommendation for Graduate Study form).
  5. Submit a portfolio to College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Graduate Admissions.

For direct application assistance please contact Office of Graduate Admissions masongrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-9700.

 

Art Education Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching, Track I, and ALEC

In addition to meeting the general university admission requirements for graduate study, admission to this program is contingent on completion of a BFA in art or an approved equivalent. Also, candidates must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA; any exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Eligibility for the art education programs may demand additional course work to establish proficiency in visual arts. Students lacking a strong background in the visual arts or pedagogy will be required to satisfy prerequisite courses prior to the required graduate courses. Please see VA state licensure art requirements and complete CEHD Endorsement Form here . A department committee composed of the program director and faculty will select candidates. Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admittance to the program.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Track II

In addition to meeting the general university admission requirements, admission to the MAT II program is contingent on the completion of a BFA or BA in art or art education with a minimum 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA, as well as maintaining a current PK-12 license to teach art education with at least one or more years of art teaching experience.

MAT and AECL Requirements:

  •  Online Application
  • Official Transcripts from all universities
  • Résumé
  • Goals: Statement that describes the applicant’s intent for applying to your program of choice. (1-2 pages)
  • Completed Endorsement Worksheet
  • Two letters of recommendation (minimum of 1 from a professional reference)
  • Praxis Core Exam: Please review the score minimums and possible test substitutes here. Students who do not have a passing score or suitable substitute cannot be admitted into the program.
  • Portfolio: Portfolios will be submitted through SlideRoom. The link for submission will sent to applicants via email after submission of the online application.

MAT II Requirements: 

  • Online Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Goals: Statement that describes the applicant’s intent for applying to your program of choice.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio: Portfolios will be submitted through SlideRoom. The link for submission will be sent to applicants via email after submission of the online application.

MAT Faculty

Dr. Justin Sutters 

jsutters@gmu.edu

Professor Mary Del Popolo 

mdelpopo@gmu.edu

Dr. Kimberly Sheridan 

ksherida@gmu.edu

Staff

Graduate Academic Advisor and Assistant Graduate Programs Coordinator

Nikki Brugnoli

 nbrugnol@gmu.edu

Any undergraduate students interested in learning more about the Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Art Education, Accelerated MAT please find that link here.

Master of Arts in Graphic Design Application Process

In addition to meeting the general university requirements for admission for graduate study, applicants should have an earned B.A. or B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design from an accredited college or university.  Applicants with a BA or BS in another discipline will be considered if they have work experience in the field.

  1. Apply to George Mason University.
  2. Submit certified copies of all Undergraduate and/or Graduate transcripts.
  3. Submit a Professional Goals Statement.
  4. Provide a sample of academic writing about art or graphic design, such as a paper from an art or design history course.
  5. Provide three Letters of Reference (see Recommendation for Graduate Study Form).
  6. Submit a portfolio to CVPA Graduate Admissions.

Application materials including transcripts should be submitted:

Electronic transcripts only: ugtrans@gmu.edu

Hard-copy items:

Office of Graduate Admissions

George Mason University

4400 University Drive MSN 4C8

Fairfax, VA 22030

For direct application assistance please contact Office of Graduate Admissions masongrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-9700.

For general information about admission to our programs please contact Stevie Otto arts grad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-5576.