Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offered with an emphasis in one the following areas:

60 credits are required for graduation, including a minimum of 26 hours in your major area, nine hours of art history, 16 hours of studio electives and nine hours of general electives. Students normally spend three years earning the degree and full-time enrollment is required.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and substantial previous study in studio art. The faculty also recommends at least 15 undergraduate credits in art history and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants whose native language is not English must score at least 550 on the TOEFL exam.



  • Studio Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Instructor
  • Gallery Manager
  • Illustrator
  • Museum Worker
  • Restoration Specialist
  • Creative Director/Art Director
  • Design Director

Application to this program

The School of Art, Art History & Design has an entirely online application system. The application for the MFA in Studio Art has three parts. Due to a waiting period between parts one and two, the application will require several days to complete.

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