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1. What is the deadline to submit an application?

Completed applications may be submitted beginning each year online starting September 15 for consideration for fall admissions; there are no spring admissions. Please note the priority application deadline for each program below:

February 15
Art Market Studies
Fashion & Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Global Fashion Management MPS
Illustration MFA

March 15
Exhibition and Experience Design
Fashion Design MFA
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Management

Completed Applications will receive a response within 4-6 weeks following submission. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines noted above, will be evaluated and admitted as space permits. Applications will not be reviewed until all required documents are received.

There are also program specific admissions criteria. Please follow the links below for the program of your choice.
Art Market Studies
Exhibition Design
Fashion and Textile Studie: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Fashion Design MFA
Illustration MFA
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Management
Global Fashion Management

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 dates for Open Houses are posted on our website at the beginning of the fall semester at www.fitnyc.edu/grad-studies/.  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 Studies
Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management
Exhibition Design
Fashion Design MFA
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
Global Fashion Management
Illustration MFA

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 Studies, 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.

TOEFL or IELTS results are valid for two years prior to the semester of your application.

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?
Go to to the Graduate International Applicants page.

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

14. Do you offer any graduate programs online?
The School of Graduate Studies does not offer any online programs.

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.

Under the new guidelines, candidates for full-time positions must have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.  In addition to the appropriate terminal degree, candidates must present evidence of scholarly achievement, professional activity, teaching experience, and when appropriate, professional licensing exams.   All new full-time hires are to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, or to a higher rank if merited, based on the candidates previous position or other circumstances.  

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

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