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3-Year MFA Program

The Ohio State University Department of Art offers a fully funded 3-year MFA program with an emphasis in our seven studio areas:  Art and TechnologyCeramicsGlassPainting and DrawingPhotographyPrintmaking, and Sculpture

Each autumn term a cohort of 12-15 students begins their three-year journey.  All students must commit to enrolling full-time in the MFA program; we do not allow part-time enrollment. The three year program allows students to grow in multiple areas of art expertise.


All students admitted to our program will be funded with either a Graduate Associateship or Fellowship.

The Department of Art awards Graduate Associateships (GA) appointments on a competitive basis to support the needs of the department. Some assignments require graduate students to assist faculty in regularly scheduled classes, and to teach within Department of Art programs, such as Foundations. Other assignments may include assisting technicians, lab monitoring, and working with The Arts Initiative.

Appointments are typically referred to in percentages, and most GAs hold 50% appointments. GAs with a 50% appointment are expected to work an average 20 hours per week. Every graduate associate (GTA, GRA, and GAA) appointed for at least a 50% appointment receives a full tuition and fee authorization. Students holding GA appointments receive fee authorizations that include instructional and general fees and nonresident fees. Other fees, including parking and late penalties as well as the student activity fee and the mandatory COTA fee, must generally be paid by the student. For more detailed information please refer to the Graduate School website.

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School offers fellowship opportunities for new, incoming graduate students. All Graduate School fellowships provide a monthly stipend, academic tuition and fees, and a subsidy of 85% of the student health insurance premiums. Fellowships are nonrenewable and may not be deferred. Students are nominated for fellowship consideration by the Department. Students may not apply directly for fellowship support. Each graduate program has a limited number of students who may be nominated for fellowship consideration. More information can be found on the Graduate School website

Additional Benefits

  • Health Insurance

Graduate associates (GA) are eligible to participate in Ohio State’s Student Health Insurance and the OSU Faculty and Staff Health Plan.  

The university provides a subsidy of 85% of the Student Health Insurance (SHI) premium for eligible funded graduate and professional students enrolled in single coverage. The university also provides a subsidy of 85% of the SHI premium for enrolled dependents of eligible funded graduate and professional students. More detailed benefits information can be found here.

Health insurace rates are listed here.

  • Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC) 

Many of our students take advantage of the recreational sports facilities we have on campus (included in student fees), and all they have to offer.