The School of Graduate Studies welcomes international applicants to join our dynamic learning community. Below are a listing of requirements that international students must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Academic Transcripts/ International Credential Evaluation
- In lieu of foreign transcripts, a course-by-course international credential evaluation with GPA is required for applicants educated in a country outside of the United States, regardless of the language of instruction. The credential evaluation will assess the student’s academic credentials into its United States equivalency and convert their grades and GPA into the traditional 4-point United States grading scale. If your institution is accredited through a U.S. regional accrediting body, an international credential evaluation is not required. In order to be eligible for admission, your foreign degree must be the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
- International credential evaluation reports must be submitted to Graduate Admissions directly from the agency by the appropriate deadline in order to complete their application. This process may take several months to process, and it is recommended to begin this process no later than 6-8 weeks before the deadline for which they plan to apply. Failure to do so may result in a late review of the application or denial of admission due to insufficient academic records.
Below are the agencies most utilized by our applicants:
- World Education Services (WES)
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- International Education Evaluators, LLC
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Applicants are welcome to have their credentials evaluated by a different service, however, they must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A detailed list of the required documents for each country can be found on each service's website. Please review the terms and conditions of each vendor carefully, as directions and regulations vary. FIT is not responsible for the services offered by these vendors and cannot be held liable for any dispute regarding services rendered.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow their home university’s policies for transcript requests and provide postsecondary academic records to the evaluation agency for a course-by-course credential evaluation. Please check the credential evaluation agency's website to see which documents are needed for the country in which you completed your education, as you are responsible for submitting the appropriate documents to receive an evaluation report. These may include course transcripts or mark sheets for each semester or year completed during the degree program, and the degree certificate or diploma if a graduation date, with the name of the degree, if not shown on the transcript. If an applicant has not yet graduated, transcripts or semester marks statements for all semesters/years completed to-date may need to be submitted to the credential evaluation agency. Provisional or conditional evaluations will need to be finalized prior to the start of the degree program. Foreign transcripts sent directly to FIT will not be accepted by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- International Credential Evaluations must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Under no circumstances will materials sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions be retrieved. Students who submitted an international credential evaluation before completion of their degree are not required to submit a second evaluation. If admitted to the School of Graduate Studies, you will be required to submit an updated final transcript with translation showing degree conferral.
- It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed evaluation reports be e-mailed to [email protected] by the evaluation agency. Mailed reports may experience processing delays as we are working remotely.
English Language Proficiency Exam 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.
English language proficiency is WAIVED for applicants who hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language and the primary language of instruction. (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom)If your degree is still in progress, you are required to submit scores. Exceptions to the above may occur at the discretion of the department.
- Official score reports must be sent to the graduate admissions office directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores can be sent by paper or electronically using FIT's institution code of 2257, department code 99; IELTS scores can be submitted by paper or electronically using the e-Delivery service to Fashion Institute of Technology - School of Graduate Studies. Only IELTS Academic test scores will be accepted. We will not accept the IELTS General Training Module.
- For all graduate programs, our minimum score requirements are:
- TOEFL (iBT) minimum is 85
- IELTS (academic) minimum is 6.5
Candidates with scores below these minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
- TOEFL and IELTS scores must be less than two years old in order for it to be considered valid.
- More information about the TOEFL exam is available at https://www.ets.org/toefl
- More information about the IELTS exam is available at ielts.org
- It is strongly recommended that applicants send TOEFL scores electronically through ETS as we are working remotely. TOEFL home edition scores are accepted at this time.
- If you would like Graduate Admissions to retrieve your IELTS scores taken within the past two years, please e-mail your TRF number to [email protected].
Graduate Admissions will accept Duolingo English Test Scores will be accepted ONLY from applicants in mainland China and Iran who do not have access to TOEFL and IELTS through March 15, 2021. If submitting the Duolingo English Test, a minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. In addition to providing a Duolingo score at or above the minimum of 105, you may be asked to participate in a virtual interview prior to making an admission decision. Please send your scores to FIT - Undergraduate Admissions and e-mail [email protected] so that we may arrange to have them forwarded.
It is strongly recommended that credential evaluation reports and English language proficiency exam scores be sent electronically as noted above. If agencies offer electronic delivery, materials can be sent to: [email protected].
Reports and exam scores can be mailed to the following address, however, you may experience
processing delays as our staff is working remotely and will only retrieve mailed materials
Fashion Institute of Technology
School of Graduate Studies
Office of Graduate Admissions, Room E316
227 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
International Student Services
Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room B103, (212) 217-3700
The Office of International Student Services assists international students and offers an array of programs and services to international students and scholars representing 80 countries. The ISS staff works to promote meaningful interaction between U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries through educational and social activities. Upon acceptance to a graduate program, the ISS staff advises international students and scholars on immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns.