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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—January 15
Spring Semesternot offered
Summer Sessionnot offered

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the department:

  • A completed application
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • A one- to two-page statement of purpose
  • A digital portfolio consisting of 15-20 images
    • CDs should contain 15-20 images measuring 5"x7" (150 DPI maximum) in (a single) PDF, Powerpoint, or KeyNote file.
    • Individual images may include more than one item: for example, several page spreads.
  • Application for Graduate Awards (PDF)

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A completed application
  • A second 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.
  • Application fee


If you Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

Admissions Committee
Center for the Book

The University of Iowa
216 North Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396