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Application Requirements & Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021 entry on October 30, 2020. (Previously October 19th). We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Program-Specific Requirements

Graduate Studies application requirements for the 2020-2021 cycle are below. 

Many programs within the School of Graduate Studies focus on a particular academic discipline or profession, requiring industry-specific work experience or professional training in order to apply. Please review the requirements in their entirety, as they are the minimum standards required for admission.

Applicants are eligible for admission if they meet all posted requirements and have submitted all required documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Art Market Studies

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Two College-Level Art History Courses - All students entering the program are expected to have taken two college-level courses in the history of art.
  • GRE Scores (recommended, not required)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Art Market Studies FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing & Management

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation - Two letters must come from professionals with whom you have worked, and the third from a college or university faculty member with whom you have studied.
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our CFMM FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program has only one deadline - March 15th.

Exhibition and Experience Design

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Exhibition and Experience Design FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

Fashion and Textile Studies

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • GRE Scores (recommended, not required)
  • College-Level Humanities Courses - successful applicants should have a foundation in the study of the humanities, with at least two college-level courses in anthropology, archaeology, history, history of art, literature, or related fields.
  • College-Level Chemistry Course - students entering the program are required to have taken one term of college level chemistry with a lab component (usually called General Chemistry I). This course can be taken at any accredited college or community college and can be taken pass/fail.
  • College-Level Foreign Language Courses - successful applicants should have proficiency in the use of at least one language other than English as a research tool. Native speakers of other languages, for whom English is a second language, will be considered/acknowledged/recognized as meeting this standard. The most useful languages for fashion and textile studies are French, Italian, Spanish, and German, but many other languages are also acceptable/useful for research. Proficiency can be demonstrated with at least two college-level courses in a particular language.

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Fashion and Textile Studies FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

Fashion Design MFA

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio
  • Thesis Proposal - applicants are required to submit a 250 - 750 word written thesis proposal with their portfolio in SlideRoom. The thesis proposal presents the scope of work you plan to pursue in the MFA in Fashion Design program and the questions you want to attempt to answer through your research.

It is important for your written proposal to  support the 10-page visual representation provided in your online portfolio. Our committee looks for candidates who can present a record of thinking through both written and visual pieces.

We understand that concepts can be abstract, so view your proposal as a guide through the development of your ideas. You are encouraged to discuss the methodology that will guide your research, with an understanding that your thoughts and ideas will evolve as you go through the program.

Your proposal will aid the mentors and industry partners specially selected for your project in crafting your personal journey, working closely with you to define the context your project will best be understood.

You are encouraged to review our former student thesis topics for the MFA in Fashion Design program.

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Fashion Design MFA FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

Global Fashion Management

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • GRE/GMAT Scores (recommended, not required)

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Global Fashion Management FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

Illustration MFA

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the foreign equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Online application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Official academic transcripts or course-by-course International Credential Evaluation
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • 3 Short Essays/ 1 Optional Essay 
  • TOEFL/ IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Portfolio

Expanded details about the requirements above can be found on our Application Process page.

Additional Questions? Be sure to review our Illustration MFA FAQ's and Admissions FAQ's.

 

Application Deadlines

The dates below determine when candidates should apply and expect to receive a decision. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required admissions materials are received by the deadline. An application is only considered complete when the online application and all supplemental documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Received materials can be viewed through the applicant portal. 

Applications are due at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the date of the posted deadlines. Programs vary in their willingness to consider applications after March 15th, and as a result, candidates are most competitive for their program if they follow the outlined submission dates. 

October 30, 2020 (Changed from October 19, 2020)
Application for Admission is Available  - Links to apply will be posted on that day.

January 15, 2021
Fellowship Consideration Deadline & International Student Deadline

  • Applicants who apply by the fellowship consideration deadline receive the strongest consideration for acceptance, as well as consideration for the Dean's Graduate Fellowship, a one-year, non-renewable award of $3,000 designed to provide graduate students with research experience and funding support. Additional details about the fellowship application process can be found on the Dean's Fellowship Page.
  • The international student deadline ensures ample time to process supplemental application materials since this process may vary for each candidate. This also certifies a timely review of financial and identification documents if candidates require a F-1 or J-1 Visa to study in the United States. Learn more about requirements for graduate international students by visiting our International Applicants page. Candidates are eligible to apply for other deadlines, however, this is the best way to avoid common delays.

Decisions for this deadline will be sent no later than April 1, 2021.

March 15, 2021
General Consideration Deadline & Sole Deadline for Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Program

This is the deadline for general admission. Programs vary in their willingness to consider applications after March 15th. Please note that your application may not be eligible for review if received past this deadline. 

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program has only one deadline - March 15th. 

Decisions for this deadline will be sent by May 1, 2021.

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