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Application Process - School of Graduate Studies

Choose A Program
Requirements vary by program. Please review the application requirements page for program-specific requirements. 
Note: The Master of Professional Studies programs are designed for professionals with at least three years of full-time, industry-related work experience. If you are a currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or do not possess this experience, you will not be considered a competitive candidate. 
Start An Application
The School of Graduate Studies only accepts online applications. Applicants are only permitted to apply to one undergraduate or graduate program at FIT per year. The Office of Graduate Admissions uses CollegeNET for the receipt and processing of graduate applications. Through the CollegeNET account, applicants can submit and review their complete application, and access post-submission status updates through the applicant portal.
Submit Transcripts
The expected standard for the cumulative undergraduate grade point average is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent. Applicants from institutions based in the United States must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended, listing all courses taken, grades and degrees earned, and dates of graduation to the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, you will be required to submit your official, final transcripts prior to your arrival at FIT.

Transcripts must be sent directly from the college/university registrar OR sent electronically by the college/university from services such as eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. (Current/Former FIT students need not request academic transcripts from FIT; these will be supplied by internal procedures.)

It is strongly recommended that official transcripts (US institutions only) be sent electronically as our staff is working remotely. If your school offers electronic delivery, transcripts can be sent to: [email protected]. Please note - this e-mail address is only for applicants to master's degree programs at FIT.  If ordering transcripts from a predetermined list of schools, make sure to choose the option for the "FIT - School of Graduate Studies". Transcripts sent to "FIT" or "SUNY FIT" may not reach the Graduate Admissions Office.

You are still welcome to mail your domestic transcripts, however, you may experience processing delays as our staff is working remotely and will only retrieve mailed materials periodically.

Our mailing/email address is:
Fashion Institute of Technology 
Graduate Admissions, Room C139
227 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
[email protected]

Candidates with degrees earned outside the United States are required to obtain a course-by-course international credential evaluation. Additional information about foreign credential evaluation services can be found on our Graduate International Applicants page.

A resume or CV that includes the applicant’s employment and professional history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, noting part-time or full-time experience. Applicants are encouraged to include information about relevant skills, experience, and achievements.

Letters of Recommendation
Three references are required. Recommenders should be able to speak to your scholastic ability, or professional performance.

Online recommendations start by entering the following information for each of your recommenders in your online application: name, address, email address, phone number, institution or employer, title, field/discipline.

It is extremely important to enter your recommenders' email addresses correctly so that they each receive an automated email instructing them how to proceed with their recommendation through an online process. Recommenders will be required to complete an online evaluation form through the online application system. There is no function to upload documents in the recommendation form. Mailed and emailed recommendation letters will not be accepted. After your recommender submits the online recommendation, it will become part of your application.

Essays/Written Statements
Our essay questions are designed for applicants to show their personality while communicating clearly about their educational pursuits. We encourage applicants to discuss future professional objectives, including pertinent work and travel experience. Essay topics are revealed as you complete your online application.

Application Fee
There is an application fee of $100, payable by credit card or electronic check. Application fees are non-refundable. If an applicant applies to a wrong program in error, it is the responsibility of the applicant to select and pay for a new application.

Standardized Test Scores

Although not required, the GRE is recommended for certain programs as it provides the committee with additional details about your qualifications and preparation for graduate study.

GRE results are valid for five years prior to the semester of your application. Although not required for any program, competitive applicants score above the 50th percentile in all areas. These are not cut-off scores, as a holistic approach is taken when making admissions decisions. Applicants are not penalized for not sending scores. Should an applicant choose to send scores, they must be submitted in paper or electronically from Educational Testing Service to institution code 2257.

Additional information about the GRE may be obtained from the agency's website - www.gre.org

English Language Proficiency Scores
Applicants who speak English as a second language must submit evidence of English Language Proficiency to do graduate work, as measured by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or the IELTS academic (International English Language Testing Service) exams. This includes individuals who did not graduate from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English, or comes from a country where English is not the official language.

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

The minimum scores for English language examinations are below.

  • TOEFL: A minimum TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) score of 85
  • IELTS: A minimum band score of 6.5

A portfolio is a compilation of materials that demonstrate your skills, qualifications, education, training, and experiences. Submission of an online portfolio is required for all studio programs. Requirements vary by department.

All documents submitted to the college, in support of applications for admission, academic evaluations or required administrative processing must be true, accurate and complete. Supporting documents must not make misrepresentations, omit relevant information or be altered from the original. The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to cancel an application, deny acceptance, or rescind an offer of admission to applicants who deliberately lie or misrepresent their background in their application materials.