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Graduate Studies FAQs

1. What is the deadline to submit an application?
All Graduate School programs begin in the fall.  There are no spring admissions. Applications may be submitted beginning on September 15. All applications are submitted online. The priority deadline is February 15th for all programs except Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, whose deadline is March 15th and Sustainable Interior Environments whose deadline is March 31st . You must have ALL application materials into the office by those dates in order to ensure that your application receives full consideration. Applications received by the priority deadline will be answered within 4-6 weeks.

2. Does the Graduate School have an Open House or counselors that I can speak with?
There is a general Open House for the School of Graduate Studies, and each program hosts its own more specialized Open House once each year, usually in the fall.  The program on Sustainable Interior Environments does not hold an Open House, but its chairperson answers inquiries via email.  The dates for Open Houses are posted on our website at the beginning of the fall semester at www.fitnyc.edu/gradstudies.  You can also send inquiries to gradinfo@fitnyc.edu or directly to the chairperson of the program that interests you.  Email addresses are on the program webpage.

3. What Graduate Programs do you offer?
Please use these links to go directly to the program pages.

Art Market: Principles and Practices
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management
Exhibition Design
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Global Fashion Management
Illustration
Sustainable Interior Environments

4. What are the tuition rates?
For current tuition rates, see Tuition. Please note that tuition rates for foreign students are the same as for “out-of-state” students. Note as well that in part-time programs tuition is calculated on "per credit" rate. This applies to Winter and Summer semesters as well as any semester where course load is equal to less than 9 credit hours.

5. What must be submitted with the application?
All applicants must submit a completed online application form and required $50.00 application fee.  A personal statement or essay, resume and two letters of recommendation (3 for the Cosmetics MPS program),  must also be submitted online at the time of application.  In addition, official transcripts from ALL previously attended institutions of higher education must be sent to the Graduate Studies office, Fashion Institute of Technology at 227 West 27th Street, Room E315, New York, NY  10001.  Each program may have other requirements that are listed on the program webpage so please read application instructions thoroughly.

6. Is the GRE required of all applicants?
The GRE is required only for the Art Market, Fashion & Textile Studies, and Global Fashion Management programs.  Applicants to the Global Fashion Management Program also have the option of submitting either GRE or GMAT scores.  The scores should be mailed directly by GRE or GMAT to the School of Graduate Studies at FIT; the FIT School of Graduate Studies report code number is 2257 (Institution); 5199 (department).  Further information about the tests can be found on these websites: www.GRE.org and www.MBA.com.

7. When should I take the GRE or GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS?
To insure that your test scores arrive on time, we strongly recommend that you take the test no later than 6-8 weeks before the application deadline date. We require that your official test scores be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

8. May I mail my test scores to the School of Graduate Studies?
No.  We require that official test scores be sent to us directly from GRE, GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS.  If you are concerned that your test scores will not be received in time, you may send a copy of your test score report along with your application materials.  However, this will not substitute for our receiving official test scores.

9. I already took the test but did not send my scores to FIT.  What do I do?
If you did not request that your test scores be sent to FIT when you took the test, you can do so at a later date.  For the GRE, go to www.gre.org.  On their home page you will see a link for test takers that states, “order additional score reports.”  For the GMAT, go to www.mba.com. On their home page you will see a link for test takers that states, “send your GMAT scores to schools.”  The TOEFL web site is www.toefl.org.  You will see a link for test takers that states, “order TOEFL score reports.”  For the IELTS, go to www.IELTS.org

10. How long are my test scores valid?
GRE or GMAT results are valid for five years prior to the semester of your application.  If you are applying for fall 2013, we will accept test taken on or after September 1, 2008.

TOEFL or IELTS results are valid for two years prior to the semester of your application.  If you are applying for fall 2013, we will accept tests taken on or after September 1, 2011.

11. What are your minimum test score requirements?
Many factors influence the admissions decision.   The School of Graduate Studies does not set minimum test score standards for the GRE or GMAT. 

The minimum TOEFL requirement depends on which test format you are using:

  • Internet-based test (ibt): minimum score must be 80
  • Computer-based test: minimum score must be 213
  • Paper-based test: minimum score must be 550

The minimum IELTS requirement is 6.5.

12. What requirements apply to international students?
For non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted to demonstrate proficiency in English.  Only official test scores sent directly from the testing service to FIT are acceptable. The department code for TOEFL is 02.  Students who have completed their baccalaureate degree at an institution whose primary language of instruction was English are exempt from this requirement.  Students accepted into one of our programs will be assisted in obtaining a student visa.

13. Is a portfolio required for entry into your programs?
Only the Illustration MFA and Exhibition Design MA programs require a portfolio as part of their admissions requirements.  Please go to their program pages at Illustration and Exhibition Design for complete information.

14. Do you offer any graduate programs online?
The School of Graduate Studies does offer any online programs at the present time.

15. What should my personal statement include?
The personal statement is an important opportunity for you to present yourself and describe your background, travel, and reasons for program choice, as well as future career goals. It will also be evaluated as a sample of your writing skills.  The document should not exceed 1-2 pages in length.

16. How many students are accepted each year?
Each program accepts between 15 and 20 students each year. 

17. Is student housing available?
Yes, there are several kinds of dormitory arrangements on campus.  For information see Housing or contact the Office of Residential Life at 212 217-5885.

18. Are there any scholarships, or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions?
Unfortunately, TA positions are not available at the present time. The Exhibition Design program grants a $2000 scholarship yearly which are based on financial need.

19. Where can I get information about Financial Aid?
For more information see Financial Aid or contact the Financial Aid Office at 212 217-7439.

For questions specifically related to one of the graduate programs, please go to the program page.

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