Graduate Student Resources

Tyler MFA Student Handbook

The Tyler MFA Student Handbook includes a lot of pertinent information to help guide MFA students during their time at Tyler School of Art.  MFA students can refer to this document for various policies, contacts and resources for any needs they may have.

Petition to Substitute for General Elective

Petition Process:

  • Prior to registering for any courses, and at least one month in advance of the start of the semester, student develops a program of study outlining their plan for all 4 semesters of the MFA degree program stating how the requested course substitutions will fit into their studies.  The student will provide a rationale for how the course substitutions will benefit and fulfill the required graduate studies.  *Note that only 6 credits outside of Tyler studio courses can count toward studio electives.
  • The student will present the plan to their advisor and the advisor will modify or adjust as necessary.
  • The advisor and student will then complete the Petition to Substitute for General Electives form.
  • The form and proposal will then be reviewed by the Department Chair and sent on to the Graduate Program Director for review. 
  • *Please note that any requests for Art History course substitutions must be approved by the Chair of the Art History department. 

Graduate Student Travel Policy

The goal of the Dean’s Graduate Travel Support Program is to support graduate student travel to present their work at professional conferences. Presentations must be chosen through a selection process; non-juried forums are not eligible for this award. All of the terms and the form are here.

Career Resources for Graduate Students

In addition to Tyler's Career Resources page and Resume Guide, Temple's Career Center has a Career Coach dedicated to graduate students:

Mark Kaloko, Senior Career Coach

Additionally, Temple subscribes to The Versatile PhD, an online community helping graduate students identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. If you have no idea where to land after grad school, sometimes self-assessments can help you explore what's out there and how it fits with you. There's a great free tool for this: Imagine PhD. It's NOT just for PhDs, and can help guide you to careers you might not have thought of. Don't be turned off by the fact that it was designed for "Humanities and Social Sciences"--it works for art and design, too. Then you can use the Mind Career Exploration Map, developed for grad students at UCSF, to help you figure out where to go.

More help for writing a resume from Inside Higher Ed.


Other Resources


Help for Sudden Financial Emergencies are listed here.