Winthrop University: Graduate School - MFA Application Requirements
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Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)

Master of Fine Arts

Materials and applications are due by March 1 for the fall semester. Final admission decisions cannot be made until all information has been received. 


Incoming MFA students are required to have a comprehensive background in historical and contemporary movements in studio art, advanced technical skills in at least one studio area, and a strong research background. Admitted students who do not show evidence of these criteria may need additional coursework which could include an additional semester or academic year of study, followed by a portfolio review.


To be considered for admission to the MFA program, all applicants must:

1. Submit an online Graduate School application for admission and non-refundable application fee;
2. Have official transcript(s) sent from all institutions you attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). 

3. Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;

4. Submit a written statement of purpose reflective of their creative and research goals. As writing and communication skills are vital to a candidate's success, this is an important component of the application. The statement should be 1000 words or less and indicate how they envision their work developing, how it relates to contemporary art practices, and why it is important to pursue a graduate degree;

5. Submit a CV or resume;

6. Have three original letters of recommendation submitted directly from art and design professionals;

7. Submit a digital portfolio in PDF format containing up to 20 digital images or media files of the applicant’s strongest workThe artwork should demonstrate the applicant’s point of view through bodies of work and/or show the development of an idea over time. All works should be labeled with title, materials/medium, date, and size of artwork. A brief description (150 characters) may also be included, if necessary.  

8. Arrange and participate in an admissions interview with the MFA advisor and appropriate Fine Arts faculty. The MFA advisor's contact information is: Stephanie Sutton, 803/323-3429,

All items must be submitted directly to the Graduate School Office.


A limited number of graduate assistantships and other awards are available for qualified applicants. Also, a limited number of graduate teaching positions may be available for qualified graduate students after they have completed 18 semester graduate hours. 



Last Updated: 7/13/22