MFA Requirements

The MFA is a 3-year (6-semester) in-residence degree program requiring a minimum of 60 credits of advanced level course work, and culminates in a Thesis Exhibition, Thesis Paper and public Oral Defense. Of the 60 credits required:

  • 24 credit of of Graduate Studio Seminar (ART 611, ART 612, ART 613, ART 614)
  • 15 credits of electives 300 level and above
  • 6 credits of Art History, numbered 300 or above
  • 3 credits of ART 690, Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • 12 credits of Art 700V (Thesis)

Elective courses (numbered 300 and above) may be selected by the student from courses within the Department of Art and Art History or from within other departments if such courses are deemed useful and relevant by the student's Faculty Advisor. Graduate students may only receive elective graduate credits for courses that are not required for the UH undergraduate degree in their area of media-specialization.


The MFA program does not accept transfer credit. However, if a student has successfully completed Art History coursework while enrolled in a graduate program (in any discipline), the student may be able to waive all or part of the 6 required credits in Art History and replace them with elective courses. Such a waiver would be determined at the preliminary conference and at the discretion of the Primary Advisor and Grad Chair.