Master of Fine Arts in Art

The M.F.A. curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of graduate study as follows:

Required Courses Credit Hours
    Studio  33 
    Studio outside major area of emphasis
    Art History 
    Studio Art Seminar 
Classes outside of Art 
Thesis 6
Total Hours Required for degree 60

The maximum number of credit hours that a student can take at the 6000 level is 24 hours. Studio work must include a minimum of three credit hours with at least three different professors.

A written artist statement of the candidate for the M.F.A. degree is required and will be maintained in the candidate’s file in the graduate advisor’s office. If the M.F.A. candidate is deficient in art history, i.e., has less than 15 hours of undergraduate credit in this area, then the candidate must take an additional 3 hours of art history coursework.

Formal reviews are required of all M.F.A. students at the end of the second and fourth semesters or at the end of 18 and 36 credit hours. The student is required to present a body of work and an artist’s statement to discuss with their thesis committee. If the student does not pass the formal review, a probationary review will take place at the end of the next semester. Failure to pass any probationary review will result in dismissal from the program.

The M.F.A. Thesis
The student will select a graduate professor to be director of the master’s thesis and chair of the thesis committee. The master’s thesis is defined by the student in consultation with the major professor and consists of a body of creative works in the student’s identified area of emphasis and a written component discussing the works. The format for the submission of the thesis work consists of professional documentation in 35mm slides, prints, or CD/DVDROM and a written master’s statement. The evaluation committee consists of three professors, two from studio art, and one from a discipline outside the studio art area. The committee will conduct an oral examination, at which time the student will defend and discuss the work presented in his or her exhibition. The written component and images must be submitted to the Graduate School and follow the thesis processing guidelines. Candidates will participate in a solo or group exhibition at the university.

Candidates for the M.F.A. degree are encouraged to participate in national or regional exhibitions prior to their oral examination. Candidates should consult with the graduate advisor concerning specific requirements for the completion of the degree.

Students must have a B.A., B.F.A., or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant’s transcript must be equivalent to the curriculum requirements of the art program and any undergraduate deficiencies must be removed. A representative portfolio in 35mm slides, prints, or CD/DVD-ROM, an artist’s statement, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent must be approved by the Graduate Art Faculty and will remain on file in the graduate advisor’s office.

General Requirements
The time limitation for completion of the M.F.A. degree is six years. Should the candidate hold an M.A. degree before embarking on the M.F.A. program, the completion requirement is limited to four years. Students seeking candidacy for the M.F.A. degree must complete a residency requirement consisting of no less than nine credit hours in one semester at The University of Tulsa. Transfer credit of up 12 credit hours is allowed for the M.F.A., at the discretion of the art program’s graduate faculty. The graduate faculty may extend full credit for hours earned in an M.A. degree toward requirements for the M.F.A.