MFA, MA, and PhD Programs to Apply for by Early 2021



Bard Graduate Center
Applications for Fall 2021 admission to the MA & PhD program are due Monday, January 4, 2021.

Carnegie Mellon University
The university offers MFA students an in-person experience at its new facility, which is equipped with environmental health and safety features and has ample space for physical distancing.

CCS Bard
The deadline to apply for a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies at Bard College is February 1, 2021.

City College of New York
CCNY’s Art Department has nationally recognized programs, distinguished faculty, and tuition stipends.

Columbia University
Applications are open until January 19, 2021 for the MFA Visual Arts and Sound Art programs at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Cornell University
Applications for the Master of Fine Arts at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning are due by January 7, 2021.

School of Visual Arts
At the New York-based, globally linked program for professional curatorial training, faculty and international guests provide expertise and a network of connections.

Stony Brook University
To be considered for the highest levels of funding and support, applications must be received by January 15, 2021. The last day to apply is March 1, 2021.

Tyler School of Art and Architecture
The Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s new Arts Management track prepares students to become innovators and leaders across a range of arts roles in commercial and nonprofit sectors.

University at Albany
The affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2021.

University at Buffalo
Applications are open through January 15, 2021 for the boundary-pushing MFA and MA programs at UB’s Department of Art.

University of Connecticut
UConn’s fully funded graduate studio art program supports a broad range of artmaking across studio media. Applications are open until January 15, 2021.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The university’s Intermedia and Digital Art program facilitates students’ engagement with emerging artistic practices to address conceptual and social challenges.


Georgia State University
All MFAs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design receive full tuition waivers, 24-hour access to studio space, and graduate assistantships.

University of Arkansas
Students receive full assistantships, including full-tuition waivers and annual $15,000 stipends, as well as $4,000 fellowships each year.

University of Florida
Engage in experimental and intersectional research-based art-making at UF’s School of Art + Art History. Applications are open until February 1, 2021.

Warren Wilson College
The United States’s only low-residency MA in Critical Craft Studies program is accepting applications until March 1, 2021.


Case Western Reserve University
The university’s joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art provides funded opportunities to earn master’s degrees in art history and museum studies, as well as PhDs in art history.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Five full-tuition fellowships are available for prospective MFA or M.Arch students at one of the nation’s most distinctive and celebrated graduate-only schools of transformative art and design.

University of Illinois
Candidates pursuing advanced degrees in Studio, Graphic or Industrial Design, Metals, Art Education, and Art History are eligible for a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.

University of Michigan
The application deadline for the Stamps School of Art & Design’s highly selective MFA in Fine Art program is January 6, 2021.

Washington University in St. Louis – MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture
Armed with pen, ink, and stylus, MFA-IVC students unearth the wild, the wondrous, and the unknown. Apply by February 5 and read more on Hyperallergic.

Washington University in St. Louis – MFA in Visual Art
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