Graduate Art Admission

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Applicants to graduate degree programs at the University must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and present evidence of broad and thorough undergraduate preparation that indicates probable success in graduate study. Prospective students should keep in mind that graduate study is not merely a continuation of undergraduate study. It demands a higher level of scholarship, emphasizes research and creativity, and requires student initiative and responsibility. Admission to the graduate program in the School of Art is highly competitive thus it is important to take the time to prepare high quality materials to satisfy the admission requirements.


Applications for admission to the graduate program will only be reviewed after all materials are received by the Graduate College and the School of Art.

All MA and MFA materials below must be submitted by February 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm 
All MDes materials below must be submitted by May 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm

  1. The application for admission
  2. The $45 (non-refundable) application fee
  3. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores *
  4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) scores for all whose first language is not English
  5. Two official transcripts from each institution attended (except Bowling Green State University) which must be forwarded directly from the institution(s). Personal copies of transcripts are not acceptable. Transcripts "Issued to Student" are not acceptable. Applicants must include ALL institutions attended regardless of the number or type of credits taken, terms attended, or whether transfer credits are reflected on another transcript. When temporary transcripts are submitted, acceptance to the Graduate College is granted only upon receipt of final official transcripts (showing the date and degree earned) from the institution attended.
  6. Appropriate sample portfolio of studio work or writing sample completed through SlideRoom.

       * GRE scores required for MA Art History.

Official transcripts and test scores are to be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083

International Students
International applicants must submit transcripts and test scores directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0083

For more information see Graduate College Admissions.

Students Whose First Language is not English
All whose first language is not English are required to take on-campus English proficiency tests before planning the first-semester academic program with the graduate coordinator and before registration. On-campus testing is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English and applicants from Puerto Rico and francophone Canada. The on-campus English tests are coordinated by the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. Based on the results of these tests, students may be required to enroll in courses as designated by the ESL Program. Satisfactory completion of ESL courses is mandatory for continued University funding and graduation when students are required to enroll in such courses. ESL courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements.