Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Program Overview

Two levels of graduate degrees are offered: a Master of Art in Studio Art (M.A.) and a terminal graduate degree, Master of Fine Art (M.F.A.), which designates the highest level of academic achievement in studio art.  The purpose of these degrees is to prepare students for professional practice in the field of studio art.

Concentrations are offered in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communication and design. The Department of Art at Bradley University is the recipient of the William Rainey Harper Award for Departmental Excellence, 2001-2002.

Program Requirements

An M.A. degree is required for admission to the M.F.A. program; therefore all M.F.A. aspirants who do not already hold an M.A. will enter as students in the M.A. program. Students who already hold a Master of Art in Studio Art may apply to the M.F.A. program. If one year or more has passed since a student graduated from Bradley with a Master of Art in Studio Art, that student must apply to the M.F.A. as a new applicant, supplying all the requested materials and documents. 

The M.A. program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.  The combined M.A./M.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours. Upon the successful completion of the M.A., the student will be eligible to continue for the remaining 27 semester hours required to complete the M.F.A.

To continue to the M.F.A. program from the Bradley M.A. program, the student must:

1.) apply to graduate in the final semester of the M.A. program

2.) complete graduation requirements successfully

3.) submit a Letter of Intent to the Chair of the Art Department

4.) submit a processing fee of $50 USD to the Graduate School

The Chair and the Graduate Program Coordinator will submit a Memo of Approval to the Graduate School for each student they approve for continuation into the M.F.A. program from the M.A. program.

A letter of admission to the M.F.A. program will be sent to the student by the Graduate School when the above requirements have been satisfied. The student will be able to register for classes in the M.F.A. program in the semester following graduation from the M.A. program.

Each student must participate in the biennial graduate exhibition.  A residency of 48 semester hours is required for the MFA degree and 24 semester hours for the MA degree.  A written comprehensive examination must be passed before graduation.  Please see the Graduate Catalog for a complete listing of degree requirements.


The MA and MFA programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Faculty Research Interests

Details about faculty and their research interests can be found on the Department of Art web site.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the M.A. or M.A./M.F.A. program should submit a CD portfolio of work (20 jpeg images at 72 ppi, 1020 pixels on longest side) and a statement of interests, abilities, and direction in the Fine Arts (250 words).  Three letters of recommendation are required.

Applications for full consideration for admittance in the fall semester are due no later than January 15.  For full consideration for admittance in the Spring semester, applications are due no later than August 15.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate assistantships provide an opportunity for students to work with faculty or staff and provides up to 100% tuition reduction on qualifying courses.

The Caterpillar Masters Fellowships qualifies students for 100% of tuition aid up to 21 semester hours for the academic year and a stipend.

For more information on Graduate Assistantships, Caterpillar Masters Fellowships and other assistance, please visit our page on Financial Assistance.

Department Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator
Heather Brammeier, (309) 677-2966,

Department Chair
Gary Will, (309) 677-2967,

Department Secretary

Vicki Cooksey, (309) 677-2967,