Admission to Master of Fine Arts Program
The application period begins October 1.
Step 1: Submit the CalState Apply Application – December 15
Step 2: Submit documents to Graduate Admissions – January 12
Step 3: Complete the Program Application through Interfolio – January 12
All application materials including departmental requirements must be submitted by the file completion date.
Domestic Applicants: Closed
International Applicants: Closed
Step 2: SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES BY JANUARY 12
Submit transcripts and test scores to:
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8225
Graduate applicants are required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application as this may result in processing delays.
a) Transcripts from U.S. Institutions
- Submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all colleges and universities attended.
- Transcripts must have been issued within the last year. Transcripts received with print dates older than one year will not be accepted.
- If you previously attended SDSU, you need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. Do not submit hard copy transcripts for SDSU coursework.
- Electronic transcripts are acceptable. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use email@example.com.
b) Transcripts from International Institutions
- If you have international coursework, you must submit international transcripts (academic records) and proof of degree, both in the original language.
- Submit a copy of transcripts/grade reports from all post-secondary schools attended.
- Submit a copy of diploma/degree certificate or provisional degree certificate for each post-secondary degree completed. Applicants with a degree in progress must submit an official certified/attested copy of their diploma/degree certificate after completion of the degree.
- Submit a certified literal English translation for each original-language document submitted. The translation must be from the university or a certified translator and should contain all information shown on the original-language documents and in the same format.
- Unofficial copies of all international documents can be submitted for evaluation purposes through your SDSU WebPortal under Upload Admission Documents. If admitted, official documents will be required prior to enrollment. Documents uploaded to the Cal State Apply and/or Interfolio applications are separate from those required by Graduate Admissions and are not updated in the SDSU WebPortal.
- Allow at least three weeks for processing after documents have been submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your WebPortal after they have been evaluated. Please do not submit your documents multiple times as this will cause delays in processing.
- For details on which documents are required, visit the Graduate: Requirements by Country page. Failure to submit the exact country-specific documents listed will result in your application being canceled.
- Test Scoresa) GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Requirement
The Graduate Record Examination is not required.
b) Proof of English proficiency
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
- TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score can be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Duolingo English Test score of 105 or higher: Score can be sent electronically from Duolingo, to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Transcripts have been received indicating English as the principle language of instruction.
A copy of your official score report or unofficial transcript can be submitted through your SDSU WebPortal account under Upload Admission Documents.
Additional information can be found at https://admissions.sdsu.
Step 3: Complete the Program Application through Interfolio:
The program application requires the following:
- A Statement of purpose addressing your professional goals and reasons for selecting the School of Art and Design at SDSU for your pursuit of these goals.
- Artist statement which describes the nature or content of the work shown in the portfolio
- Digital images of your work (15-20).
- Current resume
- Transcripts—one copy of unofficial or official transcripts for all college- and university-level institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation from art instructors (or others) who are able to comment on your artistic potential in the area of specialization. Applicant must provide names and email addresses for recommenders. Recommenders will be invited to complete the recommendation electronically.
Visit the Interfolio website.
Assistantships and Tuition Waivers
Graduate assistantship and teaching associate positions in art are available to a limited number of qualified students. Application forms and additional information may be secured from the graduate adviser. Tuition waivers and scholarships for out-of-state and international students are also available on a limited basis. Applicants should contact the graduate adviser for more information.
California Residency for Tuition Purposes
To learn the details of California’s state policy on residency for tuition purposes, please visit SDSU’s registrar page.
Thesis and Projects in Art
The project required for the Master of Arts degree with a concentration in studio arts and the Master of Fine Arts degree is an original body of work of creative art accompanied by a written report. All theses and written reports accepted in satisfaction of a requirement for the master’s degree are cataloged and maintained in the library. Color digital images of thesis exhibitions must be provided by the candidate and are retained in the School of Art and Design. One copy of art history theses must be given to the School of Art and Design.