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What will I learn?

The School of Visual Studies offers graduate degrees in Visual Studies that blend disciplinary training in the history of art, material culture, and media studies with a commitment to public humanities. Through a combination of coursework; outreach, research, and teaching opportunities; and interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars in other fields and professional programs, the MA and PhD prepare students for careers in a variety of educational institutions, cultural organizations, and the creative economy generally.

The University of Missouri SVS Art Program offers an excellent faculty and the space, time, and support for students to push their work to its fullest potential. Many graduate students work in the nearly 8000 square feet of newly renovated studio space on campus. Located in Columbia, Missouri - halfway between two major cultural centers, Kansas City and St. Louis - our three-year MFA program gives developing artists the breathing room to create strong, competitive projects that engage a range of issues in the contemporary discourse.

All qualifying MFA students receive teaching or technician assistantships and full tuition waivers. These benefits, combined with our geographical location, help qualified candidates avoid a heavy student-loan burden. The cost of living in Columbia is uniquely affordable given its diverse and progressive cultural advantages. Columbia is home to three colleges, a dynamic live-music scene, numerous cafes and bars, the annual True/False documentary film festival. Additionally, students often take advantage of easy access to two major urban art centers and a network of riverside biking trails that stretches across the community and state.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
$20,869.00 (15,49,219) per year
The tuition fee is based on 9 credit units each fall and spring term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

23 August 2021


College of Arts and Science

317 Lowry Hall,



65211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education and any course work beyond the undergraduate level.

For international students

The preferred undergraduate degree for admission to the graduate program in visual art is the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). However, applicants holding the BA, BS or other bachelor’s degrees are eligible to apply if they have a minimum of 40 hours of undergraduate studio credits or an equivalent commensurate professional experience. Applicants for the Graphic Design Area are required to have a minimum of 2 years professional experience before applying.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-native English speakers must score 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the Academic IELTS, PTE score of 59 and Cambridge C1 Advanced score of 180

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri

The University of Missouri’s beautiful 1,262 acre site offers a pleasant place to enjoy top class study at a well-renowned American institution.

  • Outstanding facilities across beautiful campus
  • Dedicated international center
  • Nationally recognized online courses
  • Diverse and active student body