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MA & MFA applicants can apply now for Fall semester entry: CalState/Apply

Join our creative community and take your art practice to the next level.


Our MA in Art is a 30 semester-unit graduate degree, and our MFA in Studio Art is a 60 semester-unit graduate degree, both with courses that embrace the multiplicity of artistic expression enhanced with graduate-level critical art history / global cultures courses. Designed to engage artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, our graduate student community encourages intense experimentation with the freedom to work in any medium or range of materials and approaches.

  • MA and MFA students enjoy field trips and special projects such as group exhibitions, public art and community-based projects in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles art communities, as well as numerous visiting art professionals throughout the year. 
  • There are internships, paid student assistantships, and paid teaching assistant positions available, with opportunities to teach undergraduate lower-division studio classes that are also paid positions.
  • MA and MFA students engage in comprehensive professional development and leave the program ready to launch their careers as college professors, artists, critics, curators, teachers, community leaders, and more.

The flexibility of these two programs allows for artists from all paths to elevate their art practice to a professional level with encouraging support and mentorship from a wide range of award-winning faculty.

MFA Studio Art students may choose a dedicated studio space or work from a personal studio with full access to all of our facilities.

Students on either the MA or the MFA may engage in distanced learning as needed, in consultation with their Professor.

MA/MFA NEWS [click to expand]

NEWS July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Marlee Uggen and Jamie Valdez to speak at the ASAP (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) conference "Reciprocity", October 27-30, 2021, with a paper titled "Art in Action: Social Change and Reciprocity Through Public Spaces".

NEWS July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Melanie Asalde-Smith and Melissa Medina have been chosen to exhibit in the highly competitive and prestigious SoCal MFA Show.

NEWS July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student Jamie Valdez is awarded a $4,000 Walmart Foundation grant for the Arts in Action Club.

NEWS May 2021: MFA in Studio Art graduating students - Amber Bowser, Andrea Clary, and Ordando Prieto - show their thesis exhibitions virtually. 

NEWS May 2021:  We are offering a new third deadline for applications to the MFA in Studio Art - July 15th, 2021, for applicants wishing to start in Fall 2021. Please visit our Admissions Page for further details.

NEWS January 2021:  CSUSB MFA in Studio Art graduating students (AY2019-20) Symposium recording available online.

NEWS January 2021:  CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student, Andrea Clary selected for the CAMFA (California Master of Fine Arts) exhibition 2021.

NEWS January 2021: The new series of Netflix's "Blown Away" starts 22nd January, 2021, featuring our very own Professor Katherine Gray, as Head Judge, and MFA Studio Art alumna, Nao Yamamoto, as one of the contestants.

Inside CSUSB news article on the new season of "Blown Away"

Netflix trailer for "Blown Away - Season 2"

NEWS September 2020: Graduating MFA Studio Art artist Rebecca Waring-Crane has won the campus-wide CSUSB 2020 Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award! To view Rebecca's thesis exhibition please go to:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

NEWS August 2020: Please visit the online exhibition of three of our five graduating MFA in Studio Art students: Jacob Adame (Briar Rosa), Patricia Miller, and Rebecca Waring-Crane:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, we were unable to host the solo thesis exhibitions for Jacob, Patricia, and Rebecca this year, but their work can be seen via the link above. Haylie's and Frank's solo exhibitions did take place in the Dutton Family Gallery of RAFFMA in January and February of 2020. Please visit RAFFMA's archive for more details.

Congratulations to all five of our graduating MFA in Studio Art students AY2019-20: Jacob Adame, Patricia Miller, Francisco 'Frank' Perez, Haylie Roché, and Rebecca-Waring Crane!!!

The MFA in Studio Art at CSUSB is accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of Arts & Design.

Please email our Department of Art & Design main office VA105
or call - T: 1 (909) 537-5802 - with any questions.

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