Apply to a Graduate Program

Application Requirements/Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. We are accepting applications for Fall 2017.  

The application and all requirements below must be submitted online, except for official transcripts, translation and evaluation of transcripts, and English proficiency test scores.


Priority Deadline:
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 
Applications completed by this deadline will be considered for both Dean's scholarships and our named scholarships.

In order to be considered for named scholarships you must complete your FAFSA by February 1, 2017. The MassArt school code is 002180.

Applications received after the January 4 deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the admissions committees. 
Applications after this date may be considered for our Dean's Scholarships depending upon the availability of funds.  Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions or concerns. 

Complete Application:
A complete application, ready for review, consist of the following:

All Students:

  • Online Application Form
  • $90 Application Fee (
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Official Post-Secondary/College Transcripts
  • Letters of Reference (2)
  • Portfolio
  • Course Descriptions and Syllabi (Master of Architecture Applicants)

Master of Architecture 
Students interested applying to the M.Arch are strongly encouraged to review the linked website above.

International Students:
Any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States is considered an international applicant.

  • Official Transcript Translation and Evaluation (Required for coursework completed outside of the U.S.)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (Non-Native English Speakers) 

    Once admitted, students that wish to matriculate into the program would need to provide the documentation below in order to receive their I20 paperwork.
  • Verification of Finance Letter (students requiring an F-1 visa)
  • Declaration of Finance Form (students requiring an F-1 visa)

Statement of Purpose:
A one- to two-page statement of purpose should address your reasons for applying to MassArt, your choice of a specific discipline, and the
direction of future work. You also may want to comment on recent developments that support your decision to apply.

Your resume should list professional accomplishments, including exhibitions, awards, or other activities that convey a sense of your commitment to a career in the arts.

Official Post-Secondary/College Transcripts:
Official transcripts documenting the awarding of your degree(s) must be considered with your other application materials. Students must submit official copies of academic records for any and all college-level study. Transcripts should remain in their sealed envelopes and may be included with your other application materials or sent directly to the Office of Admissions, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.

*Note that MassArt does not consider applicants for graduate degree or post-baccalaureate programs who do not have the equivalent of a
four-year United States undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree.

Letters of Reference (2):
You will need to provide email addresses for recommendations from two (2) individuals who are familiar with the work in your portfolio and can comment on your qualifications for advanced study. At least one referee should be from a teacher with whom you have studied. 


All portfolios need to be submitted online through slideroom
Portfolios of MFA applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth commitment to the visual arts.

For 2D Fine Arts, 3D Fine Arts, and Photography applicants, 20 to 25
reproductions of recent work should be submitted that relate to the
concentration to which you are applying. Faculty who review the
portfolios look for a personal direction and potential for further

*Note for time-based media:Portfolio must be comprised of 3-5 film/video pieces as well as any images of installations, site-specific projections, and/or stills as appropriate.

Slide Room accepts uploads up to 60MB.  Videos sized at 640 x 480 px  (YouTube-size with 72 dpi resolution) yield approximately 5 minutes per clip at good quality.  To submit longer work online (Vimeo, YouTube) upload a clip or a still from the full-length version and include the URL for the site where it may be found online in image or video label.

(Summer Applications for M.Arch and Low Res only)

phone: (617) 879-7203

(M.Des, MFA Full-Res,MAT/AE, All Post Bac Programs)

(M.Arch and Low Res)