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School of Art and Design

MFA in Art Submission Process

Application Process (Updated November 5, 2012)

Admission to the graduate art program requires (Step 1) admission to the University through the Graduate School and (Step 2) acceptance by the School of Art and Design on the basis of professional competency.


Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art program in the School of Art and Design must have the equivalent of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from an accredited institution.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the program to meet faculty, current graduate students, and tour the facility before applying for the degree.


All University and School of Art and Design admission requirements must be satisfied by October 15 or January 15. Applications MUST BE RECEIVED by January 15 in order to be eligible for out of state tuition waivers, for the following Fall semester.


MFA in Art applicants do NOT have to take the GRE or MAT test to submit.



Step 1
Carefully read and follow the Graduate School application guidelines. You will be required to provide them with the following;

•    All of your official transcripts

•    Writing sample – A statement of purpose that articulates why you are seeking a Master of Fine Arts Degree. We want to know about your conceptual and research interests; historical and contemporary visual influences as well as professional aspirations.
•    3 letters of reference
•    The Graduate School online application form
•    Application fee

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You have not officially applied until you receive confirmation from the Graduate School. The graduate school processor will notify you of any missing items via e-mail once the application is processed.  Until the application is processed there is no notification.


Step 2
Assemble an application package that includes;

•    CD with your portfolio of 20 JPEG images of recent work; An image list that includes title, medium, size, and date each work was created; Resume with links to any websites or blogs that you would like the committee to review.

Mail this packet to:

Scott Eagle, Graduate Coordinator  
East Carolina University
School of Art and Design
Room 2000
Mail Stop 502
Leo Jenkins Fine Arts Center
Greenville, NC 27858  
Please e-mail Scott Eagle to confirm receipt of packet. You have not officially completed your application until you receive confirmation from the Graduate Coordinator.
Please include the degree you are applying for, and area of concentration with your e-mail.

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Financial Aid

All accepted applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and whose portfolio and application materials are deemed meritorious and received before the application deadline will be considered for assistantships, scholarships, and out of state tuition remissions (January 15 deadline only).


The school of Art and design offers a number of teaching and research assistantship opportunities beginning the first semester of attendance. Teaching assistantships may be awarded once students have completed a teaching observation assistantship and have successfully completed 18 hours of course work. Most MFA candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses and many are able to teach several different courses.

Assistantships pay $9000 per academic year for a full-time assistantship of 20 hours per week and require twenty hours per week of work, which may be assigned in a variety of ways. Often a block of time may be devoted to monitoring the undergraduate studios, overseeing the media center, working on special projects, gallery installation, monitoring the computer lab, teaching a class, or a combination of the above. Each MFA candidate receives a contract one semester in advance, that details his or her assistantship obligations.

Scholar Awards

The Graduate Scholar Award is $4,000 per academic year for two years and is one of the highest honors given by the Graduate School. Applicants must have a 3.3 GPA and a meritorious portfolio and application materials to be eligible. Each concentration area nominates applicants, with the final decision of award made by the School of Art and Design Graduate Committee and the Graduate School.

Tuition Remissions

There are a limited number of out-of-state tuition remissions, which cover the out-of-state portion of the student’s tuition.  The remissions are highly competitive and the minimum criteria for eligibility are a 3.0 overall GPA or a 3.0 senior year and a meritorious portfolio and application materials to be eligible. Each concentration area nominates applicants, with the final decision of award made by the School of Art and Design Graduate Committee.

For more information go to the following sites:


The School of Art and Design offers attending students the opportunity to receive scholarships during the Spring semester. 

Please visit this webpage for the most recent list of awards:

Tuition and Fees

You can get updated information regarding tuition and fees at the following site: