Transcripts must be sent directly from the college/university registrar OR sent electronically 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]. 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
School of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions, Room E316
227 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
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.
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 and submit 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.
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.
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.