Master of Fine Arts

The LSU School of Art offers graduate students seven concentrations leading to the Master of Fine Arts: ceramics, digital art, graphic design, painting & drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The MFA is a three-year program. Students are required to complete 60 hours of coursework, a thesis paper, a public exhibition, and oral defense of their work.

Download the MFA Graduate Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Admissions are selective and applicants are evaluated on the basis of GPA, letters of recommendation, and portfolio quality. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or a Bachelor of Science (BS)—to be considered for the graduate program.

Admission Procedures

Master of Fine Arts graduate applicants must apply to both the LSU Graduate School and the School of Art.

LSU Graduate School Admissions

Candidates can apply online at the Graduate Admission Application. Please direct questions to the graduate school at 225-578-2311. Application deadlines are February 1 for the following fall semester.

The following materials are required:

  • Application for admission to the LSU Graduate School, including a narrative statement of purpose
  • Application fee
  • One set of official transcripts for all previous college or university work
  • Appropriate test scores (for many international applicants, TOEFL)

LSU School of Art Admissions

To apply for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the LSU School of Art, candidates must also complete a short online form for admission into the School of Art indicating their proposed concentration at

The following materials are required:

  • Completed online application
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Twenty images of recent work
  • Three letters of recommendation

In the Slideroom application, you will enter the email addresses for three reference contacts. It then sends out requests for letters to the listed referees, who must upload them directly to the site (over a longer period). Applications will not be considered complete until the reference contact information is added.

If you need assistance with any aspect of the Slideroom application process, please e-mail


Schedule an appointment with the School of Art Master of Fine Arts graduate coordinator at