Graduate Application Process


Deadlines:  November 30, 2020-International applicants         

All applications must be submitted by December 31, 2020, 11:59pm. This includes the SlideRoom application. 


You will receive an email with information about the SlideRoom application, approximately two (2) days after Graduate Admissions sends you the confirmation email that your application has been processed. Graduate Admissions requires a minimum of 2 business days and up to 7 business days to process your application. Applications are not processed on weekends nor holidays.

Applying for the Department of Art MFA program requires two steps: (1) application for admission to The Ohio State University and (2) a supplemental application for the Department of Art. It is required that you complete both steps in order to be considered for admission to our program. Both steps must be completed by the posted deadline; this means all applicant materials must be entered into the online systems by the posted deadline. 

You must complete the steps in order. Step 2 can only be completed after you complete Step 1, your application with Graduate Admissions and paid your application fee. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please review the posted deadlines closely. All application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2020, 11:59pm. 

Step 1 of 2:

Apply to The Ohio State University Graduate School through the Graduate Admissions online application processThis step is only Step 1 and must be completed prior to receiving SlideRoom instructions for Step 2. After you submit your application to the university, processsing can take up to 7 business days. You will not receive SlideRoom instructions until after your university application has been processed. 

The application to Ohio State requires completion of an online application form, uploading of required documents, and payment of application fees. All materials are to be submitted electronically. Please do not send additional hard copies of supporting materials. For technical assistance, contact the Graduate Admissions Office. Please allow Graduate Admissions several business days to process your documents and update the checklist in your Applicant Center; your patience is appreciated.

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  1. Transcripts
  2. TOEFL English language scores, if you are applying as an international student.
  3. GRE test scores, if your undergraduate, cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Please note: Refer to the Graduate Admissions Quick Guide for instructions on submitting the above items.

Do not use the letter of reference forms that are provided on the Graduate Admissions web site, as letters of reference must be submitted via the Art Department’s online application system, SlideRoom.

If you have specific questions about the application process with Graduate Admissions, please contact Graduate Admissions via email, at

Step 2 of 2:

Complete supplemental application for the Department of Art  

All application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2020, 11:59pm. 

Approximately two business days after your online application has been processed with Graduate Admissions, you will be notified via email of the URL and login process for the Department’s online application system SlideRoom.  Your portfolio, statement of intent, CV or resume, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be submitted using a separate online application system SlideRoom. DO NOT send any items directly to the Department of Art.

The Department of Art online application system will require the following information:

  • Portfolio (see below).
  • Statement of Intent (see below).
  • Full Curriculum Vitæ (CV) or Résumé including recent academic/professional experience, honors, awards, and other accomplishments. Please be thorough and comprehensive. Upload a PDF format of the document to Slideroom.
  • Three online references. You will submit the email contact information for three individuals in SlideRoom.
  • Scanned copy of transcripts from all universities and colleges attended:
    • Upload a scanned copy of each official or unofficial transcript to the online application. DO NOT upload web-generated advising reports, as they will not be accepted. 
  • Application fee of $10 US.

All application materials must be submitted by December 31, 2020, 11:59pm. 

Portfolio Requirement

All applicants must upload a digital portfolio of art projects, as part of the online application process. Applicants will be provided with login information to upload portfolio examples and complete the online application process after an application to Ohio State Graduate Admissions has been completed (see Step 1 of 2).

Submit no more than 20 examples of previously completed works that demonstrate your preparation for advanced study in art; include the title and a brief description of each piece submitted. You may describe the research and art process that informed your work, when appropriate. Accepted media are images, video, audio, PDF, 3D models, and embedded media. No large files, please. 

If you plan to submit video work, please note videos may be the final work, or they may be documentation of process or installations. Do not upload high-resolution (HD) videos. Use compression such as mp4 so that uploads take less time and size.

Electronic portfolios must be received by posted deadlines: November 30, 2019 (International applicants) and December 31, 2020 (Domestic applicants)

Statement of Intent

In less than 4500 characters (approximately one and one half pages) your written statement should address each of the following:

  • What best describes the development of your current artistic practice?
  • Why have you decided to apply to the MFA program in the Department of Art at OSU?
  • What are your professional goals as an artist?

Upload a PDF format of the document to SlideRoom.

If you have any questions about the Department of Art MFA application process, please send an email to:

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