MFA Program

The University of Missouri SVS Art Program offers an excellent faculty and the space, time, and support for students to push their work to its fullest potential. Many graduate students work in the nearly 8000 square feet of newly renovated studio space on campus. Located in Columbia, Missouri - halfway between two major cultural centers, Kansas City and St. Louis - our three-year MFA program gives developing artists the breathing room to create strong, competitive projects that engage a range of issues in the contemporary discourse.

All qualifying MFA students receive teaching or technician assistantships and full tuition waivers. These benefits, combined with our geographical location, help qualified candidates avoid a heavy student-loan burden. The cost of living in Columbia is uniquely affordable given its diverse and progressive cultural advantages. Columbia is home to three colleges, a dynamic live-music scene, numerous cafes and bars, the annual True/False documentary film festival. Additionally, students often take advantage of easy access to two major urban art centers and a network of riverside biking trails that stretches across the community and state.

For more information, contact Joe Pintz (, Director of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships
Along with admission, to qualified graduate students, a number of teaching assistantships and non-teaching assistantships may be offered. All assistantships include a monetary stipend. Additional second stipend may be awarded in subsequent semesters if graduates qualify and if additional positions are available. Be sure to carefully follow admissions instructions if you wish to be considered for these opportunities.

Tuition Waivers
Graduate Teaching Assistantships also entitle participating graduates to receive a tuition waiver for the semesters that they have a GTA position.

Scholarships available through the SVS Art Program: Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and fellowships are available through the Graduate School.