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Book Arts (MFA)

The MFA in Book Arts is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the UI Center for the Book.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are. Contact the Center for the Book for tuition information.

Application Deadlines 

Fall Semester—February 1
Spring Semesternot offered
Summer Sessionnot offered

Application Procedures 

The graduate application process has two steps

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • Submit supplemental materials required by your degree program. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile on the Iowa Student Information System, our online service center for applicants and students.

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A one- to two-page statement of purpose
  • A digital portfolio consisting of 15-20 work samples and images of your artwork that best represents your interests, accomplishments and  abilities
    • Format as a single 15-20 page PDF document containing 15-20 work samples
    • Individual pages may include a single piece or multiple views of an item: for example,  several page spreads
    • Image files should be no larger than 1500 pixels in either direction
  • Application for Graduate Awards

Recommendations

The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. If your program of study requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

  • Three letters of recommendation

Materials to send to Admissions

  • A set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply 

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contact Information 

Admissions Committee
Center for the Book

The University of Iowa
216 North Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
center-for-the-book@uiowa.edu
319-335-0447

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396
admissions@uiowa.edu
319-335-1525