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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

The deadline is March 15 each year.

What must be submitted with the application?

The FIT School of Graduate Studies application system is an online portal. All applicants must submit a completed application form, a resume, three letters of recommendation (one academic and two employment), OFFICIAL transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education, and TOEFL scores for international students. If a candidate has been ouf ot school longer than seven years, they can submit a third employer letter in lieu of an academic reference. 

Official transcripts are provided by an institution (either directly to FIT or to the applicant) in a sealed envelope, with the university's seal or signature across the seal of the envelope. The transcripts cannot be opened in order to remain OFFICIAL Many universities can now provide electronic OFFICIAL transcripts directly to the FIT Graduate Admissions Office. 

Is the GRE/GMAT required of all applicants?

We do not use standardized test scores, but, accordinigly, academic performance in previous university-level work becomes a strong indicator of potential success as a graduate student. 

As a Master of Professional Studies program, we have the opportunity to assess your performance through letters of recommendation from your employer, evaluating your performance and leadership potential.

What requirements apply to international applicants?

Go to the Graduate International Applicants page.

As a part-time graduate program we are not able to provide support for international study visas.

How do I verify that my application is complete?

Approximately two weeks after your online application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an email with your FIT user ID and password. This will allow you to check the status of your application and to see if additional materials have been received on the FIT Online Information System.

How many students are accepted each year?

We admit an entering class of between 18 and 22 students each year.

What specific undergraduate degrees are acceptable for admission?

There is no preference, though students with some business training and strong performance academically will have a stronger chance of admission. All students must demonstrate strong writing and research skills. Preference is also given to candidates with global experience through education, internships, or work experience.

What should my personal statement include?

The personal statement is an important opportunity for you to present yourself and describe your academic and professional background, any global experience (language study, overseas academic study, overseas internships/work experience), reasons for program choice, and future career goals. It will also be evaluated as a sample of your writing skills.

What types of jobs do students in the Cosmetics and Fragrance graduate program hold?

Our students and alumni are as diverse as the global beauty industry. We have many applicants each year with traditional marketing and brand management backgrounds, but we strongly value a cohort that represents all functional fields of the industry. 

Our students regularly come from positions in finance, product development, operations, supply chain, creative/advertising, research and development, education/training, and sales from manufacturing companies and leading supply companies. We also welcome candidates with backgrounds in retail management, market research, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, perfumery,  journalism, and legal, but all have experience and a passion for the cosmetics and fragrance field, and have been identified by their employers as top performers, change agents, and as having senior leadership potential.

Can I customize my degree in any way or will you accept transfer credits from other graduate work?

The program does not have any electives at present, but we will accept transfer credits of graduate work done elsewhere, at the discretion of the chairperson, based on the subject of the curriculum and review of the course materials. The minimum number of graduate credits that must be completed at FIT (SUNY residency requirement for graduate degrees) is 30 credits.

Other than FAFSA loans are there any scholarships, or TA positions?

For more information on loan programs, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at 212 217-7439. Limited scholarship funding is available for those without corporate funding/tuition reimbursement, or from independent or start-up ventures. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Fellowship Program, and application information is available from the Graduate Admissions Office. The application deadline for the Graduate Fellowship is January 15.

What is the capstone requirement?

The capstone is a multi-disciplinary research exercise at the end of the degree coursework that requires integrating all of the areas of one's learning into a complex, executive level issue relating to the industry or to the global business environment. Students work in small teams over the course of many months, including globalizing their research on the overseas field study in their final term. 

Capstone teams have access to recognized experts in various fields, innovation experts, and faculty, and present their findings to a group of industry executives each year that totals over 700. The event, and the research have been sponsored over the years by leading consumer goods and retail firms such as Beiersdorf, Coty, CVS Health, Estée Lauder, L'Oréal, Luminess, LVMH, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Shiseido, Target, and Unilever. Research summaries and videos of past projects are available to view on our website.

What determines acceptance?

After the application deadline, completed applications are reviewed. Selection is based on all the components of the application: transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, and work experience. Students chosen after the file screening will be offered a personal interview. Applicants are notified of decisions on or about May 1. Those with completed applications by the deadline are reviewed first, and additional applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, until all spots in the entering cohort are assigned.

What is the ratio of applicants to accepted students? Do you create a waiting list?

The ratio of applications is about 3 to 1, and when appropriate we will create a waiting list.

What is meant by "industry-related experience" and why do you require a minimum of three years of professional experience?

"Industry-related" applies to professions in major beauty manufacturers or suppliers, fragrance development houses, or careers in related fields such as publishing, retail, and advertising or agency work in marketing communications and public relations. Ideal candidates will be in a managerial role in any of these areas, with a minimum of three years of full-time work experience. 

Preference is given to candidates with greater than three years of experience, even if a portion of that experience is from outside the industry in managerial functions, but a minimum of three years of direct industry experience is preferred. The average experience level of accepted candidates is between seven and nine years of work experience. Applicants are assumed to be more knowledgeable in their field and have some experience with project and people management. This level of expertise is more likely to be attained only after several years of professional and industry experience.

What is the MPS degree?

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a recognized terminal degree focused on industry-related skills and content, and whose outcome is applied-research rather than traditional academic research. The MPS equivalent among professional degrees includes the MPA (Master of Public Administration), the MSW (Master of Social Work), and the MFA (Master of Fine Arts), among many others.

When are classes held?

Classes are generally scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:10–8:00 pm) to allow professionals to complete the degree while remaining active in their jobs and in the industry. For seminar courses with a lower student-to-faculty ratio, necessary for achievement of the learning outcomes, there may be multiple sections of the course, which could meet on a Monday or Wednesday evening as well. However, students are only enrolled two evenings per week in any given term. The exceptions to this schedule are the two overseas seminars, which take place in the first term and in the final term.