Master of Fine Arts
A Distinctive and Unique Integrative Interdisciplinary Program that offers concentrations in Fine Arts, Media Arts and Design Arts.
Students accepted for admission into the MFA program must have successfully completed at least a Bachelor of Arts program in studio arts from an accredited four year institution with a minimum of 60 credits in studio arts, 12 credits in art history or art criticism including at least 3 credits in contemporary or twentieth century art, and a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
In certain cases where an applicant has a Bachelors degree and a number of years of professional art activity, admittance can be granted by the committee based on the quality of the work and the sponsorship of a faculty member.
New Jersey resident: $621.00 per credit; out-of-state residents, $964.00 per credit.
See webpage for the Bursar’s Office. http://www.wpunj.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fees/graduate.dot
How to Apply to the University
Graduate application forms and a graduate course catalog may be obtained by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services at 973-720-3641, or apply online at: http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/graduate/. The Graduate School Application must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470. Completed applications must include a one-time application fee of $50.00, all official undergraduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.
The Portfolio Package
Portfolio is to be submitted directly to the Visual Arts Graduate Program Director at the time of application.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants for a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Art are required to submit a digital portfolio of twenty images on a cross platform CD or DVD. CDs and DVDs must be accompanied by a separate hardcopy description of each image with the title, medium, date, size (where appropriate) and name of the applicant, a written statement, a resume, and an Art Department Information form directly to the Art Department at the time of application. Portfolio submission deadlines are the same as application deadlines.
For detailed instructions on the portfolio package, please contact the Graduate Art Office, Room 120, Power Center, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ tel: 973-720-3284, email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline for fall admission is April 1.
Application deadline for early decision is February 1.
Scholarship and financial aid information may be obtained by contacting the William Paterson University Financial Aid Center at 973-720-2202 Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Financial Aid office website: http://www.wpunj.edu/financial-aid/index.dot.
Graduate Assistantships, offering a $6,000 stipend and tuition waiver are also available. Interested students may contact the Office of the Provost; Lissette DeJesus 973-720-3093.
Graduate Assistantship Forms are available on our webpage here, or by telephone at 973-720-3641.
More information about assistantships can be found at http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/graduate/prospective-students/graduate-assistantships.dot