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MFA applicants can now apply for Fall or Spring semester entry: CalState/Apply

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


The MFA in Studio Art is a 60 semester-unit degree 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 MFA community encourages intense experimentation with the freedom to work in any medium or range of materials and approaches.

  • 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.
  • 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 the program 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 may engage in distanced learning as needed in consultation with their Professor.


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


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!!!


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

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