Programs and Courses: Graduate Program: Entrance Requirements

The Graduate Division, 309 Sproul Hall, is the official campus admitting agency. The requirements set forth by the Graduate Admissions Office and the Art Department are as follows:

  • No GRE scores are required
  • A degree from an accredited college or university, or a recognized equivalent
  • Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in chosen field of study
  • Satisfactory scholarship average, usually a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work
  • Additional requirements for foreign students: TOEFL score (see Admission Requirements )
  • Portfolio


Q: When will I hear back from you regarding whether I get in, or not?

A: We are aiming to have the letters of acceptance and also the denial letters in the mail by late January/early February 2010.

Q: Do I need a B.A. in Art to apply?

A: No, you do not. We've had applicants with degrees in the sciences apply. We do the first round judging solely based on the strength of your portfolio.

Q: Can I speak to someone about the program?

A: Yes, you can. Please call 510.642.2582 for more information.

Q: Can I take a tour of the MFA studios?

A. Unfortunately, no. We like to let our MFA students work undisturbed. We do have a video tour here.

Q: The graduate application wants me to provide a statement of purpose, and you also want a personal statement. Can I combine the two?

A: Yes, you can. The graduate application statement of purpose is more of a general statement of why you want to apply to graduate school. Our personal/artist's statement is more about you as an artist. However, again, you can simply combine the two. We would suggest you do an online search for personal statements to see examples of good, well written statements.